New databases! Issues & Controversies and Issues & Controversies in History

The ECC Library has just acquired a set of new databases that can help faculty and students research controversial issues. These databases provide a wealth of credible primary and secondary information.

From the publisher: Issues & Controversies offers extensive, exclusive, and objective analysis of hundreds of today’s hot topics and conflicts by presenting the key facts, arguments, history, and current context of today’s most important issues, along with a wealth of primary sources, videos, and relevant media coverage, making it an ideal resource for research papers, debate preparation, and persuasive writing assignments.

Fun facts about Issues & Controversies:

  • Contains over 525 in-depth Pro/con articles
  • Thousands of editorial cartoons
  • Video and audio resources
  • 370+ NPR Podcasts

Each article is supported by credible, high quality resources that students can count on to help them make the most of their research.

Issues & Controversies in History delivers balanced and comprehensive coverage on a range of historical topics. Includes primary sources, videos, timelines, editorial cartoons, and scholarly articles. Like Issues & Controversies, this high quality source provides students with video, audio, and over 2,400 primary sources to back up their balanced coverage of a topic. Information is global, covering both U.S. and World history.

Watch the video below for an overview of Issues & Controversies. If you need help using the database, please contact us!

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Beep beep! It’s National Bookmobile Day!

April 7 is National Bookmobile Day and also  National Library Outreach Day, a day to celebrate library outreach and the dedicated library professionals who are meeting their patrons where they are.

Many of our local public libraries have bookmobile services (Gail Borden, Aurora Public Library, and Fox River Valley Public Library to name three). What is your favorite bookmobile? One of mine is from Scotland’s Orkney Library, named #BookyMcBookface.

Library’s offer access to populations near and far; if you need library resources, be sure to contact your local libraries for information on how to obtain resources.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

National Library Week is April 4-10, 2021!

The theme for National Library Week (April 4-10, 2021), “Welcome to Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building – and that everyone is welcome to use their services. During the pandemic libraries have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of their users. Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer opportunities for everyone to explore new worlds and become their best selves through access to technology, multimedia content, and educational programs.–

Your ECC Library has been offering continual resources and support during the pandemic. See our modified offerings here. You can check out books for curbside pickup, use the computers, get reference help over 60+ hours per week, and more. In case you missed it, here is our infographic on our resources and pandemic response for Spring and Summer, 2020 (open in another window to see larger view) . We have continued the same levels of access throughout Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.

Help spread the word about the #MyLibraryIs promotion and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and this blog.

-Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

April is Poetry Month! Celebrating 25 years!

National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our

Here are some great ways to celebrate from!

Explore different types of poetry in the ECC Library. You can also search our catalog for your favorite author. To request items for curbside pickup, use this process under Requesting Items.

Here’s a few books available from our library to check out:

Poetry 101 : from Shakespeare and Rupi Kaur to iambic pentameter and blank verse, everything you need to know about poetry 

Poetry, publishing, and visual culture from late modernism to the twenty-first century (ebook)

African-American Poetry: 250 years of struggle & song

Mathematics, poetry, and beauty

Poetry and displacement (ebook)

In the belly of a laughing god: humor and irony in Native women’s poetry (ebook)

Follow Poetry Month on Social media: @POETSorg on Twitter, #NationalPoetryMonth on Twitter, on FaceBook, and #nationalpoetrymonth on Instagram.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster Book Review

Ever read a book that you just cannot stop thinking about?  That may be your experience with Bill Gates (the founder of Microsoft) and his new book How to Avoid a Climate Disaster.  The interesting aspect of this work is that it does not prescribe everything you have already heard about the subject.  For example, he does not begin with wind and solar power, and in fact does not view that as a primary concern.  The other attraction is that everything he concludes is drawn from facts he shares with the reader.  While sometimes in too much detail, the data provides a convincing backdrop.  He tries hard to humanize himself – admitting to being a “nerd,” and watching The Crown, but he thinks like an engineer who has evidence from a computer background that he can change the world – with a little help from everyone else.  His positive outlook is also based on the view of young adults, who have expressed concern about the environment to such an extent that they may save it: with the help of books like this.

–Written by Mary Spevacek, Reference Librarian

Spring recess is March 21-28, 2021

Image by S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay 

The library is closed March 21-March 28 for Spring Recess. The library will reopen on Monday, March 29, at 8:00 a.m.

To use the library’s databases and ebooks 24/7, use your AccessECC ID and password. 

For information about the library’s hours and services during COVID closures, please see our Curbside/Services Info site.

Have a safe and relaxing break!

Freedom of Information Day is March 16!

Celebrated on President James Madison’s birthday (one of the Fathers of the Constitution and Bill of Rights), this date is celebrated each year to celebrate and encourage openness of government with the people.

This video from the Department of Justice, explains what the Freedom of Information Act is and provides a detailed look at FOIA.

You can find the Citizen’s Guide to using the FOIA here.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Resource Spotlight: Mometrix

Mometrix ELibrary offers study guides, flashcards, and practice questions for over 1,800 different standardized exams including Praxis (teacher certification exams) GRE, ATI TEAS, NCLEX, HESI A2, medical technology certifications, computer technology certifications, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, and more. Includes PSB study guides.

This database is available to students, faculty, and employees of ECC with your AccessECC ID and password.

You can search by an exam name, or select by category to browse the tests available for subjects such as career, college admissions, nursing, medical technology, teaching, and construction.

Once you decide on the title, review the table of contents to go to the section you wish you explore.

If you have questions, contact the library or chat with us!

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Places to study on the ECC campus

Image by Eduardo RS from Pixabay 

Even though the library isn’t open yet for long-term studying, there are some places on campus where ECC students can go for study tables.

These areas are open from 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. The usual protocols for access to campus buildings apply.

Building B-First Floor

  • 16 tables by the Jobe Lounge
  • B-180 & B-181 (Community and Heritage rooms)-multiple tables

Building B-Second Floor

  • 10 tables in the hallway on the way to B200-249

Building F

  • 6 tables in the International Lounge

Building G

  • 8 tables near the Spartan auditorium

For the library’s hours and services for Spring semester, please go to our guide. The library computer lab on the first floor is still available for computer based studying Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Women’s History Month is March!

This year’s theme is: “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to be Silenced”.

The theme for 2021 National Women’s History Month captures the spirit of these challenging times. Since most 2020 women’s suffrage centennial celebrations were curtailed, the National Women’s History Alliance is extending the annual theme for 2021 to “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced.”

The National Women’s History Alliance is determined that the important roles of multicultural suffragists and voting rights activists continue to be recognized and honored. We refuse to allow their voices to be silenced, even by a pandemic.–From the National Women’s History Alliance (

See the 2020-2021 NWHA Honorees!

The Women’s History Month site through the Library of Congress is a great source for primary information and special exhibitions.

In the library, as part of our Global Issues in Context Database, there is a special section on Women’s Rights you can explore.  This site provides audio, video, news, biographies and more. As part of our HeinOnline database, there is a section on Women and the Law that you can also explore. You can also explore biographies on women and others in our Biography in Context database. You can also find books on Women’s History in the catalog, or search Ebook Central for ebook options.

Some online works for you to explore through Ebook Central (use your Access ECC ID and password to access):

Take the quiz or use the QR Code below from UN Women on Women in the World of Work.

Check out this map on Women in Politics 2020:

Finally, from the Department of Labor, here are some interesting facts and data, including earnings, occupations, veterans, etc. over time.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian