Coming soon to a hallway near you…

ECC Mobile Librarians Sub-brand Logo-20130718…ECC Mobile Outreach!

Tuesdays & Wednesdays only
October 21-November 26

Librarians will be available at the following times and locations with their laptops to answer your questions, help you with citing, or get you started on your research.

8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.     A Building, 3rd floor
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.     B Building, 3rd floor

8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.     B Building, 3rd floor
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.     F Building, 1st floor entrance

You can always come into the library in C Building, where we are available during our regular hours, or reach us by text (847-999-0403), email, chat, or by phone at 847-214-7354.

4 Ways to Get More Out of Study Time

So, maybe you followed advice from our previous post and set up a calendar, established good study habits, and committed to taking notes in class. But now we’re further into the semester and it’s starting to get harder. So what now? To answer that question, we return with more tips from our expert sources.

1. Say no to multitasking

Multitasking always seems like a great idea. But new research shows that you’re not so much doing it all at once as switching very fast between tasks, and that switching means you’re constantly interrupting yourself and won’t remember as much.

2. Use your notes wisely

Hey, remember all those handwritten notes you took? Don’t forget to take a look at them later! Take a second to glance over your class notes every couple of weeks, and you’ll find it a lot easier to remember what they say when it comes test time. You might even want to use them to make flash cards or draw pictures that will help them to stick in your memory.

3. If you’re going to waste time pretending to study, you might as well be studying

Secrets of College Success says it best: “Don’t give yourself credit for studying when you’re actually just cleaning your desk, getting together the reading, or reorganizing the files on your laptop.” (55)  Use our study rooms for extra quiet!

4. Take breaks, and give yourself rewards

You might think that your best chance of getting through a big project is to just keep going.  Not so, according to the colorfully-named Kick A** In College: “Most people can maintain real intensity for about thirty minutes without interruption” (129), but after that they’re not as effective. Fix this by giving yourself a few minutes to walk around outside, eat a piece of candy, or just clear your head. When you finish a big chunk of work, give yourself a bigger reward.

Carl Lehnen, Librarian

–Contributed by Carl Lehnen, former ECC Reference Librarian

Resource Spotlight: Research Guides

Are you a DIY-er and want to try researching a subject yourself?  Is it a Monday morning at 1 a.m. and you need to start your project ASAP (it’s due today!) but don’t know where to start or who to ask?  Try a Research Guide!

Research Guides give students and faculty a “one stop shop”for resources on a subject.  Resources include books, e-books, video tutorials, database links, websites, citing sources, and other extremely useful information on any given subject.

To find the Research Guides, click Research Guide on the library’s webpage.

Research Guides
Once you click on the subject area, you will see the listing of the guides under that subject. Research Guides can be specific to a class and assignment (such as ART 115), or of general use (such as Recommended Reading.)  Faculty may be particularly interested in the Professional Resources or Copyright guides. Or have the librarians create a guide specific to your class and/or assignment.

Remember that you can ALWAYS Ask a Librarian during our regular hours for additional assistance.

Safety first…Top 5 tips for keeping your stuff safe in the library

When you are studying and concentrating, it is easy to become distracted. The last thing you need is to lose your work or study materials through theft or inattention.  Here are 5 tips to help keep your stuff safe in the library:

  1. Keep personal items with you at all times, even when just going to the printer or restroom.  This includes bags, purses, phones, laptops, flash drives, and other items.
  2. Do not put purses or bags on the restroom floor where others could quickly grab them.
  3. Always log off of your library computer before you leave the library so that no one else can access your account.
  4. Report any suspicious or disruptive behavior to the Reference Desk, Computer Help Desk, Circulation Desk, or any library staff.  Do not confront any suspicious or disruptive person yourself.
  5. For emergencies, call the ECC Police at X-7777.  For non-emergencies, call X-7778.

ECC has a website devoted to safety issues, including weather, fire, and lockdown procedures.  See the ECC Campus Safety site for more information.

Get Ready for Banned Books Week! September 21-27

This year’s Banned Book Week theme is comics and graphic novels. Image courtesy of

Have you read a good (banned) book?  You may be surprised at the books that have been challenged, and why.

FACT: Over 11,300 books have been challenged in the past 30 years, and there were 307 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2013. (Source: Banned Books

Educate yourself:

Read a banned book:
Here are just a few of the titles we have in the library.  Search the library’s catalog for other titles or other works by the authors.
Check them out for yourself and make your own determination.

The Kite Runner
by K. Hosseini
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Brave New World by A. Huxley
Ender’s Game by O. Card
The Glass Castle by J. Walls
Beloved by T. Morrison
The Bluest Eye by T. Morrison*
Nickel and Dimed by B. Ehrenreich
A Child Called It by D. Pelzer
Persepolis by M. Satrapi
A Separate Peace by J. Knowles
A Clockwork Orange by A. Burgess
1984 by G. Orwell
The Hunger Games by S. Collins*
*2013 list of Top 10 most challenged books

Find an awesome career

Whether you are just beginning to explore a career, or you are trying to find a new one, the library has developed a Career Development Resource List to get you started.

This guide walks you through the career development process, offers links to self-assessment, books and e-books in the library that will provide information on a chosen career, schools and training information, ECC college contacts for assistance, and more.

It’s never too early to start thinking about your job prospects and employment. Give these resources a try and take yourself to the next level!

5 Ways to Get off to a Good Start This Semester

Keeping up with classes can be a pain, but these tips can help. We found them by consulting the wisdom from some expert sources we found in the library.

1. Keep a calendar, and set aside time for studying

The expert sources we consulted all agree that the best way to be organized is to keep a schedule with all of your classes, shifts at work, and other appointments in it. You can use an electronic calendar on a computer or smart phone, or you can buy a good old fashioned paper scheduler from the ECC Bookstore.

2. Don’t forget to set aside time for yourself

Make sure you have time to do thinks you enjoy, or even just to eat or zone out. The Everything College Checklist Book agrees: “Leave a few empty spaces in your schedule to gain the freedom to adjust things each day, be spontaneous, or just relax” (160).

3. Start good habits now

As we all know, “it’s tempting to blow off the homework when there’s no test looming or when the prof doesn’t bother to call on anyone in class,” but according to The Secrets of College Success, “the fun will quickly diminish when you have five hundred pages of reading to catch up on two days before the test” (50).

4. Take handwritten notes

Think your laptop will make it so much easier to take notes? Turns out, maybe not. Even though all of our experts agree on the importance of taking notes in class, a recent study showed that people remembered much more when they took notes by hand. That’s because you know you won’t be able to write down everything, so you have to think about what’s important and put it in your own words. Plus, it’s a lot easier to doodle on paper than a keyboard!

5. Remember that there are teachers, librarians, and tutors that can help you

There’s a reason that there’s more to the college than just classrooms. And when your professor isn’t holding office hours, there are a lot of other places where friendly experts are ready to help you, like the Library, the Tutoring Center, and the Write Place.

Find out more:
Fox, Gunnar. Kick Ass in College: A Guerrilla Guide to College Success. Dallas, TX: Kickass Media, 2010.
Jacbos, Lynn. The Secrets of College Success. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2010.
Muchnick, Cynthia. The Everything College Checklist Book. Avon, MA: Adams Media, 2013.

Carl Lehnen, Librarian

—-Contributed by Carl Lehnen, Reference Librarian