Library closed for Memorial Day Weekend


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The library will be closed for Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 27- Monday, May 29,  2017.  We will re-open at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30. 

Please click here for regular library hours.

Summer Hours for ECC Library Announced


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The ECC Library will have the following hours during the summer months:

May 19- June 1, 2017

8:00 a.m.-5:oo p.m.

June 5- August 10, 2017
7:30 a.m. -10:00 p.m.

Saturday/Sunday May 20 & 21 and May 27 & 28

CLOSED Fridays-Sundays
June 2-August 6

closed Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day and Tuesday, July 4,
 for Independence Day.

Please contact the Circulation Desk if you have any questions at 847-214-7337.  Hours and closures can also be found on our website.

Stress Relief Tips for Finals Week

We are a very stressed society, and not all stress is created equal. A quick Google search will give you thousands of ways that you can help yourself deal with stress during finals week, and beyond. We have posted for several semesters various stress relief ideas and resources; see here for some resources in the library on meditation and yoga.

Here are FIVE ways you can work to reduce your stress–and they are pretty easy!

  1. Use your campus resources.  At ECC, the library, Write Place, Tutoring, Wellness Services, and even your professors can help you manage the parts of writing, research, and dealing with any issues and get you started on a positive path.

  2. Exercise. This can be as simple as a walk or doing yoga. See this article for the benefits of physical activity. You can even walk through the connected buildings or use the track or workout facilities when you are on campus!


    3. If you don’t enjoy exercising, try just watching a sporting event. Disengaging for a short period of time to watch hockey or baseball can help you refocus later, giving your brain a “rest” from the studying at hand.

    4. There’s an app for that: for example, try 14 Stress Management Apps. Set reminders or mantras that will keep you focused and help with time management.
    5. Eat well. The ECC Cafeteria is open during finals week from 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. in case you want to grab a quick yet healthy snack. According to this APA article, “Millennials are most likely to report eating to manage stress (36 percent vs. 30 percent of Gen Xers, 25 percent of Boomers and just 10 percent of Matures).” Don’t skimp on your nutrition–try to eat a piece of fruit or choose a salad for lunch. Or do what I do–eat your salad with Doritos or something else not so great so at least you are balancing out your bad with the good. smiley

    –Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Need help citing? Try these resources!

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Make your life easier by checking out the citing guide options below.




NoodleTools is an online tool that can assist you in organizing your research, including notecards, sharing, and creating your bibliography/works cited page. See the NoodleTools Research Guide for step-by-step instructions.

The Write Place offers writing assistance. They are located in Building B, Room B274. Any student or ECC employee can use this service.  Stop by Building B, Room B274, or call 847-214-7480 for information. Hours: Mondays through Thursdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.; Fridays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Don’t forget that you can also get personalized citation help from the ECC Librarians. We are available during all of our library hours (many nights until 10 p.m.) and have experience in the various formats.  Contact us by email, chat, text, phone, and in person.

Confused about “Fake News”? We have thoughts…and resources!

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Libraries and librarians are and have always been integral in helping people find balanced, reliable information and evaluating that information for credibility. Rather than using the terms “Fake News”, we like to say “Thinking Critically About the News”, because the idea of “fake” can cover everything from parody, satire, lying, unintentional misinformation, and even news that is biased but contains truth.

Our Thinking Critically About the News Research Guide  (found under Current Events & Controversial Issues) provides reliable and vetted sites to help faculty and students explore the issue of “fake” news and practice their evaluation skills. The guide includes information on bias, exercises, fact checking, a news feed, and more. ” It was created by Library Intern Angela Bouque and compiled and curated by ECC Librarians.

For questions, comments, and additions, or to schedule a library instruction session, please contact the Library Reference Desk at 847-214-7354 or email

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Need quiet? Get a room…

f5334a7d9827850cb76db6e96becdd372e82815485dcf6d020d14140baaab050….a study room!

Need a peaceful, quiet study space?  Want to work on a group project?  The library’s study rooms are the answer!

Study rooms:

  • Are checked out on your library account at the library’s Circulation Desk on the first floor;
  • Cannot be reserved: they are first come, first served, for three hour increments (you and the key must stay in the library during your 3 hour check-out period);
  • May contain flat screens that can be hooked up to a laptop;
  • On the first floor contain large whiteboards.  Other rooms may have small whiteboards;
  • Come in various sizes, so rooms can accommodate as few as 1-2 people, and up to 10 people.

Contact the Circulation Desk for more information or come to the library to check one out! If you have other questions, check out the library’s FAQ on study spaces here.

Resource Spotlight: NEW! HeinOnline

HeinOnlineHeinOnline is a new database that includes 2,300 full text journals, comprehensive coverage of government documents, all United States treaties, constitutions from every country in the world, and several specialized collections.

In addition to the vast law collection, there is a specialized database called Slavery In America and the World: History, Culture, and Law.  This collection brings together a multitude of essential legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world, including statutes, court cases, and other primary and secondary documents.

This new database collection covers many subject areas, including law, government, history, and sociology.  To access HeinOnline, go to the Article Databases list and choose H, or find it on the Subject listing Government & Law.