The library will be closed during Spring Recess

By Anita Martinz from Klagenfurt, Austria (Colorful spring garden), via Wikimedia Commons

The Library will be closed during Elgin Community College’s Spring Break.

Our hours are:

Saturday, March 21:  open 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sunday, March 22 to Sunday, March 29:  Closed
Monday, March 30:  Open at 7:45 am for normal hours

Our electronic resources will still be available to registered ECC students and staff during spring break.  Make sure your registration is up-to-date by calling our Circulation Desk at 847-214-7337 or emailing before we close!

Resource Spotlight: Social Justice Research Guide

Social justiceSocial justice is the idea that all people should have the access to the same economic, political, and social rights regardless of their identity.

The Social Justice research guide explores the topics of race relations, white privilege, police brutality, and civil rights. It provides students with a starting place for topics and includes web resources, links to relevant databases, and book recommendations. The homepage even has some keyword suggestions.

Why use this research guide? If you’re writing a paper on a controversial issue and haven’t figured out your topic this might help you to find one. If you have social justice related topic, but do not know where to find more information, then this is the place for you!

–Submitted by Karen Klein, Reference Librarian

FAQs answer your most asked questions

Check out our FAQ pages!

The How Do I (ECC Library FAQ) page lists our most frequently asked questions, and gives you the answer you need when you need it.

It is located in the upper right on our webpage, above our name:

helpHow do I…?

Some of the questions we have answered in this resource include information on library cards, WiFi, color printing, finding psychology articles, reserves, ebooks, and finding movies in our catalog.

You can see a brief response right from the page; click on read more–> for live links and tutorials.

We also have an FAQ page for COL 101 .  It is found on the COL 101 Research Guide.  It answers questions such as “What is a chapbook?”, “How do I cite”, “How do I get chapbook articles” and more.COL 101 FAQ

If you have any suggestions for either FAQ page, comment below, or email us at

Celebrate Women’s History Month

Learn more about women’s rights and women’s issues from around the globe this month during Women’s History Month!

From the Global Issues Database

A great place to start is the Global Issues in Context database. This database offers articles and multimedia offering international viewpoints on a wide variety of topics. If you Browse Issues and Topics, there is a topic called Women, Children, and the FamilyThis section contains links to  issues in economic, social, political, and religious contexts. Topics include poverty, mental health, AIDS orphans, female circumcision, and property rights, among others.

To search our library catalog for more books, DVDs, ebooks, and other items, go to  and choose a Subject Search for subjects such as Women’s Rights, Women and War, Women Authors, or many other topics.

If you are in the library (Building C), view our special film and book displays:

1st floor: Look for movies about women and women’s lives

Cover courtesy of Amazon

2nd floor: Here you will find award-winning books by women authors

For comparison, in the United States women make up over half of the population (161 million women vs. 156 million men.) Women also comprise 56.8% of all college attendees.  There are 1.6 million female veterans. Women still make on average only 78 cents for every dollar that men make.–Statistics (and more) from the Census Bureau’s Facts for Features.

The Tastemakers Book Review

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The Tastemakers: Why We’re Crazy for Cupcakes but Fed Up with Fondue
By David Sax

Call number: 394.12 S272t

For a person like myself who enjoys food, The Tastemakers covers all areas of interest, including ethnic foods, food trucks, science, health, and more.

Before I read this book, I did not think about food trends too much.  As I read, I realized how influenced I was about certain foods in the past ten years.  How many of us were eating chia seeds, acai berries, or Greek yogurt in 2003?  Who knew who a celebrity chef was? Did you know how many apple varieties there were on the market? How many of us considered standing in a long line for 30 minutes or more just to buy a doughnut or a hamburger?

Sax discusses these trends and tells us why and how these trends developed, writing in readable style and describing it all pretty comprehensively and in just under 300 pages.

The content of the book is divided into three parts:

  • Part I: The Four Types of Trends
  • Part II: How Trends Break Out
  • Part III: Why Food Trends Matter

Trends can be spontaneous, such as Sax’s example of cupcakes.  That trend, he explains, really began with the show Sex and the City in 2000.  However, did you know trends can also be manufactured by sales and marketing groups?  Sax also provides great examples of trends that worked, didn’t work, are still working, and which are coming back. Cronut anyone?

Having attended BaconFest Chicago in 2014, I particularly enjoyed the description of this event in the Money: Baconomics 101 section. Bacon nirvana indeed!

For the record, I will always enjoy fondue of all types. As one person Sax spoke with said:

“The strength of fondue is the idea that everyone participates in eating or cooking from the same pot…[it] somehow creates a unity at the table.”

Food to me is something of a communion between people (friends and lovers, parents and children, old and young.)  Sax shows us how these trends bring us together and provide common ground for cultural experience.

Reviewed by Maria C. Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Need an answer–TEXT US, chat and more!

Text serviceDid you know that you can text us or chat online with us when you have a question?  This is a perfect solution when you need a quick answer or get stuck with your research.

To text us, use the number 847-999-0403.  This service is available only during our usual library hours.

For chat, simply use the chat box from our library’s webpage.

Click the white box where it says “Type here…” to initiate a chat.  To try it out, click the image below.  Note that this service is also only available during our usual library hours.





Other ways to contact us:

Circulation Desk
Phone: (847) 214-7337
Fax: (847) 214-7995

Reference Desk
Phone: (847) 214-7354

ECC Library Closed on Presidents’ Day

The ECC Library, along with the rest of the Elgin Community College campus, will be closed in observance of Presidents’ Day on Monday, February 16th.

You will still be able to use our online resources.  Make sure you register/renew your registration so you will be able to take advantage of this! Contact the Library’s Circulation Desk at 847-214-7337.

Enjoy your day off!