Resource Spotlight: Lexis Nexis Academic News

Lexis newsThe ECC Library’s Lexis Nexis Database contains three types of searchable subjects: News, Company Info, and Legal information.  Today we want to focus on some great aspects of the News portion of the database.

Lexis’ News offers over 2,300 newspaper resources and provides a global perspective. Highlights include:

  • Today’s Front page news-international perspectives on what is happening today
  • Hot Topics Links– recent information on topics, updated continually to be current up to 3 weeks

Lexis webnews

  • Web news (separate tab in results list)-this tab (highlighted above) links out to over 300 web news sources not included in the newspaper subscriptions through Lexis.

Once you have identified a resource, you have convenient options for saving and citing that resource.Lexis tech

  • The first three icons are for printing, emailing, and saving.
  • The open book icon is to cite the resource.  You have the choice of MLA, APA, and Chicago style.
  • The cloud and arrow icon is to upload your result(s) to either Dropbox or to Google Drive.

The Lexis Nexis database has so much more to offer!  If you want to learn more, contact the librarians.

–Maria Bagshaw, Reference Librarian


Summer Listening, Podcast edition


Looking for something to listen to in the car, doing the dishes, or taking a walk, but tired of your music? Why not try a podcast? The ECC librarians have gathered together a handful of great podcasts that you might want to check out.


  • This American LifeRecommended by Julie Keating
    Each episode has a theme, with various stories on that theme consisting of journalism, comedy and essays.
  • The MothRecommended by Julie Keating
    Each episode has a theme, which presents true stories being told without a script. The show blurs the line between documentary and theatre, creating a uniquely intimate experience.
  • MortifiedRecommended by Julie Keating
    Adults sharing their most embarrassing childhood artifacts (journals, letters, poems, lyrics, plays, home movies, art), in order to reveal stories of their lives. Listen to adults address their past with tales of their first kiss, first puff or worst prom, among many others.
  • NPR’s Ted Radio HourRecommended by Maria Bagshaw
    Take an expedition through ideas and new ways to create. This podcast is based on TED talks from great minds around the world.
  • Writing ExcusesRecommended by Karen Klein 
    An educational podcast presented by writers for writers, giving advice on the craft, business, and art of writing.
  • Welcome to Night ValeRecommended by Karen Klein 
    A podcast presented as a radio show for the fictional town of Night Vale, reporting on the strange events that occur within.

Other Podcast Sites:

–Submitted by Karen Klein, Reference Librarian

Summer Travel: Inspiring Places

3d-world-globe-1395755666ztfThere are many ways to be inspired to explore the world–you can look locally, in the state, or dream of big adventures. To spark your imagination, use the ECC Library’s collection of books and ebooks to get you started. You can also take a look at last year’s post on staycations for inspiration.
If you need a current work that you don’t see here, check with your local public library.

For inspiration:

1000 Ultimate Adventures51ryccgjbfl

Practical Nomad: How to Travel Around the World

1000 Places to See Before you Die

World’s Best Travel Experiences: 400 Extraordinary Places

History of the World in 100 Objects

Ebooks: To find our ebooks, click on Ebooks on the library’s website and choose from the list. Below are best bets for finding travel and country related information. Ebooks are accessible off campus to students with a current and validated ID.


CultureGrams: World
Country related information.

Ebsco Ebooks
This source has a travel section.

Specific Destinations: Provided are the general call numbers for you to browse when you are in the library, as well as some select works in those sections. You can also go to our Global Issues in Context Database for articles and statistics on specific places.

Europe: Go to the 914 section. It will start broad and then go down to the level of a particular country.
Western Europe

61bzdl47p3lBack Roads France


Asia/India/Middle East: Start with 915

Lonely Planet: Tibet


Middle East

Israel & the Palestine Territories

Africa: Begin at 916

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South Africa, Lesotho, & Swaziland

Crazy River: Exploration and Folly in East Africa

U.S./Caribbean: This extensive collection starts at 917.  As you move through the 917s, you will see specific areas of the country beginning at 917.4.  Chicago is found at 917.7311.


Lonely Planet USA

Take a Hike, Chicago

South America: Start with 918


Walking the Amazon: 860 Days, One Step at a Time

Galapagos: The Islands that Changed the World

–Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Reminder: ECC Library closed July 4


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Don’t forget, the library is closed July 4th for Independence Day.

We reopen bright and early on Tuesday, July 5, at 7:30 a.m.

What to watch now: Part 2

In Part 2 of our recommended watching series, we include a wide range of contributions from art, music, and social issues.  Let Elizabeth Gilbert, John Cleese, Sunitha Krishnan, Amanda Palmer, Eve Ensler, and more great minds inspire you to be creative and to work toward a better society.

Creativity & Art 


Social Issues:

–Submitted by Karen Klein, Reference Librarian

What to watch now: Part 1

Although we LOVE to watch those viral videos (cat videos and Carpool Karaoke, anyone?), maybe you would like to change it up and watch something inspiring, uplifting, and educational?

In this two part post, we will provide you with some of our best recommendations.  This week in Part 1, we focus on commencement speeches, education, business/leadership, and science/health.  Have a listen to Neil Gaiman, Amy Cuddy, Sir Ken Robinson, Temple Grandin, and more motivational leaders speak about their passions.

Commencement Speeches


Leadership & Business 

Science & Health

—Submitted by Karen Klein, Reference Librarian

Summer Zen

zen-rocks-1459223747n8fIt always seems like a long winter here in the Chicago area. Okay, it always IS a long winter here!  Don’t let this short season of wonderful weather pass you by. To get your summer zen on, turn off your social media, ignore your texts, and try some of these ideas.

Listening to music or reading outside 

Being in the fresh air and focusing on music or words takes your brain to a whole different level.

Visiting a local park to eat a meal

Bring your music or book (from above) and satisfy not just your other senses, but your sense of taste. Try these local Forest Preserves to start.
Starry sky and stargazers


Checking out the night sky brings a whole different experience to your senses.  Drive out into the ‘burbs as far as you can for the best viewing.

Leaving the air conditioning off 

Open the windows, run the fan! Air out the house from all the winter and spring stale air. This site talks about ways to save on air conditioning costs, including using natural ventilation.

Taking a walk

Taking a calm walk, whether in the city or country, can lower your blood pressure and calm your mind. (Unless you get chased by bugs.  Then, not so much.)
Barb Evans Photo 11-20-13
–Based off of Mary Schmich’s annual column on making the most of your summer
 —Concept and contribution by Barbara Evans, Reference/Instruction Librarian
–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian