Resource Spotlight: CALI (for paralegals!)

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Image by jessica45 from Pixabay 

The CALI database gives you access to a wide array of legal education resources including CALI Lessons, free to download open access eLangdell Books, and Lawdibiles Podcasts. All of this is made possible through the library’s continued membership in CALI. Use the authorization code found on the database page for registering and access.

From the CALI site: If you’re a law student we recommend taking a look at the following to familiarize yourself with the sorts of things we offer: 

Check with your instructor for more information on this specialized database.

June is Pride Month!

What is Pride Month?

Learn: 

Rainbow heart

Pride Month was initially declared by President Clinton in 2000.  The Library of Congress has a wonderful collection of primary materials you can explore as well. From their website:

The Library’s numerous collections contain many books, posters, sound recordings, manuscripts and other material produced by, about and for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. Learn more on the Library of Congress website.

Wondering about terminology? The We are Family site provides a glossary of terms that are easy to understand. Here is another, more comprehensive site from It’s Pronounced Metrosexual.

Explore: 

These sites (also from It’s Pronounced Metrosexual) have some great, printable graphics that explain various concepts around the categories of gender, sexuality, and social justice.

In the ECC Library:

The library has an LGBTQ+ Research Guide which lists books, articles, websites, and more.

LGBTQ+ Source from EBSCO is the “definitive database for LGBT studies. It provides scholarly and popular LGBT publications in full text, plus historically important primary sources, including monographs, magazines and newspapers. It also includes a specialized LGBT thesaurus containing thousands of terms. ” This database will be useful for faculty and students alike.

eBooks: Here is a small selection of eBooks from eBook Central. Try searches on gay, lesbian, LGBTQ, queer or other terms for a larger selection. To find other books for Pride month, check out what your local public library has available through their eBook collections as well. We also have an eBook database called eReadIllinois which has both fiction and non-fiction to choose from. Register your barcode number on your Student ID for eReadIllinois (circdesk@elgin.edu).

Here are some from eBook Central, which you can read right online:

At ECC:

Wellness services information

Our institution protects the rights of our LGBTQ community.  ECC has six gender neutral and family bathrooms and transgender students may utilize those bathrooms to which their gender conforms. These bathrooms are located around campus and can also be used as nursing rooms. The bathrooms labeled “family” can be found in A158, C133, K104, and K159. The bathrooms labeled “unisex” can be found in H139, H140, E100.4 and E216.02.

A new semester can be stressful for any student; however for our Transgender and Non-binary community, entering new classes with new professors can potentially increase anxiety and gender dysphoria. You now have the opportunity to set your preferred pronouns and chosen name. See the Preferred Name Personal Pronoun FAQ on how to do that.

Please contact Wellness Services ECC at studentwellness@elgin.edu if you would like more resources, have questions or encounter any difficulties with this process. We can also provide assistance and information about name changes at the College level and help refer you to proper channels for legal name changes.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian, with assistance from Wellness Services

June is PTSD Awareness Month

Logo for National Center for PTSD

The National Center for PTSD provides many resources which can help you or a loved one take advantage of supportive resources. This booklet will help you understand PTSD, which affects over 8 million people in the U.S.

Here is a calendar to show you 30 ways to support PTSD awareness throughout the month.

Here are some places that you can go for support:

Get Help in a Crisis
Numbers for emergency resources such as the
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) and Veterans Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255, press 1).

Find a Therapist
Suggestions for finding a therapist, counselor, or mental health care provider who can help your recovery.

Help for Veterans
Resources to help you find treatment within VA.

Help for Family and Friends
Resources to help you take care of yourself while supporting someone with PTSD.

You can also find Self-Help and Coping tools to help you manage stress reactions, regardless of whether or not you have PTSD.

Here is a video introducing About Face with veterans and others discussing their experiences:

You can also contact the ECC Wellness Services or Anitra King at Veterans Services.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian (some content reposted from 2020)