Library closed for Memorial Day weekend


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The library will be closed for Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 28- Monday, May 30, 2016.  We will re-open at 8:00 a.m. on May 31. 

Please click here for regular library hours.

Top 5 ways to de-stress during finals week

What are your favorite ways to relax during finals week? Here are our Top 5!

1. Meditate


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We have posted previously on meditation resources. The benefits are many and the time commitment is small. Find a quiet moment and disengage.

2. Namaste…with some yoga

There are lots of videos on YouTube to get you started (see one below.) The library also has resources you can check out.

3. And I ran…or walked…


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This site has upcoming Illinois races, by county, and you can also contribute to the charity from that page. Additionally, you can restrict to the type of race (marathon, anyone?) You can also take in the local park trails for a relaxing run or walk, even in the winter!

4. Color!


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Coloring for adults is big right now.  This site offers free patterns.  Pick up some colored pencils or crayons and enjoy the benefits!

5. Build a Lego set


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You can pick up an easy (under $10) or more difficult ($100+) set at your local Target, Walmart, or other department stores.  Even David Beckham has stated that he has found using Legos relaxing. So “Build it Like Beckham” and give it a try.


Free quiet! Check out a study room

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One of the library’s many study rooms

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.

Need to cite? Yes, you do!



Listen to Queen Bey–make your life easier by checking out the options below.





Citing Other Types of Formats (Twitter, Facebook, E-readers)

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.

Don’t forget that you can 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.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time meant to highlight the millions of Americans suffering from mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression. This month focuses on fighting stigma, providing support, education, and advocating for equal care. Mental Health America has issued a call to action for the month: share what life with a mental illness feels like using #mentalillnessfeelslike.

This infographic provides a brief look at anxiety, one of the primary types of mental health issues in America:


In that spirit, we would like to share some of the many resources that ECC has to offer, including  Wellness Services. If you are having problems and don’t know where to go, this is a great first place. They provide short term sessions if you are having problems and can refer students to long term care, if need be.

If you’re not looking for help for yourself, but are curious about mental illness and how it affects college students, why not check out some of ECC’s  library Resources:

–Contributed by Maria Bagshaw and Karen Klein, Reference Librarians

The Circle Book Review


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The Circle by Dave Eggers
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Mae is thrilled to have landed a job at The Circle, a gleaming, cutting-edge tech company. Their state-of-the-art campus and brilliant young employees dazzle Mae. The company believes that privacy is a thing of the past and Mae gets sucked into the culture so fast she doesn’t realize the consequences of giving up all privacy until it’s too late. It’s a page-turner as well as a thought-provoking exploration of the effect our public online personas are having on our private lives.


keathing–Submitted by Julie Keating, Reference Librarian

Sustainability: The Time is Now

earth-day-2016-poster-earth-day-networkDid you know?

  • 1 carton (10 reams of regular (non-recycled) paper) uses .6 of a tree (or, in other words, 1 tree makes 16.67 reams of copy paper. Source: Conservatree)
  • In 2015, students at ECC used over 1 MILLION sheets of paper (averaging to 3,100 sheets per day)
  • An average of 7 ink cartridges PER MONTH are used in the ECC Library.
  • The environmental impact of the paper alone for these print jobs equaled the loss of 14 trees and the CO2 produced was 5,226.4 kg.

So, how can you help?

Check out our Sustainability Research Guide! It has much more on this topic, including tips, books, and article databases for further research.

7 Savvy Tips to conserving paper and ink in the library:

  1. Email the article to yourself. All the databases offers an email feature right from where you are researching. (This also saves you from losing the article later in the semester!)
  2. Save your items to a flash drive or to your desktop.
  3. Print only the pages you need instead of the entire document.
  4. Check the Print Preview to make sure you print the correct document.
  5. When printing a PowerPoint or slides, print several slides per page, instead of a single slide on each page.
  6. When making copies, choose to print your document 2 sided rather than on single sheets.
  7. When all else fails, RECYCLE!