Resource Spotlight: Plunkett Research

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Logo image via Plunkett Research

If you are doing business research, we have several business-specific databases you can use.  One such resource is Plunkett Research.  Plunkett provides industry trends, statistics, and analysis on companies and industries. Plunkett’s database offers information on over 25,000 public companies and 4,000 private companies. Using Plunkett’s can help you determine industry trends and opportunities. Used in conjunctions with business article databases, this resource can help provide you with the “big picture” on a company, industry, or trend.

Want to learn more? Check out this video for an overview, see Plunkett’s FAQ or tutorials, or come see a librarian!

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

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Tastes of Summer!


Following the Culinary Arts Month theme, here are some recipes that are taste tested and simple and give you the flavor of summer. 

Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze (Food Network). These come out light and flavorful. The glaze provides a sweet/tart aspect.  Great for a Sunday morning with coffee or tea.

Rhubarb Pie (Allrecipes). If you think you don’t like rhubarb, think again! This super simple and old fashioned recipe firms up well and is great with whipped cream or ice cream.


Burst Cherry Tomato Pasta (Epicurious).  This fresh and easy recipe can be adjusted to any serving size. Add in some red pepper chili flake for a kick, or some anchovies for umami. I use bucatini pasta instead of spaghetti as is has a thicker density and holds the sauce well. Serve with a side salad and garlic toast.

Mojito (Allrecipes). You can make this with or without the rum; just adjust to add more lime or soda. It is very refreshing and you can adjust the recipe to add watermelon, or make it with cucumber and basil.  The lime-ier, the better!

pizza-814044_1280Grilled Pizza (Simply Recipes). This recipe provides you with the process of grilling a pizza.   Use your favorite homemade or store bought dough (here is a good recipe if you haven’t done this before), and add any type of toppings that will use up your summer produce. Pizza grills quickly and gets a nice, chewy char, so keep an eye on it.

Watermelon-Feta Salad (PBS). Refreshing on a hot day and a great way to make a salad ahead for a group gathering.  You can leave out the onions and it is just as good.  Be sure to not over-mix; you want the feta to maintain some of its integrity.melon-1606061_640.jpg

Do you have a favorite summer recipe? Share in the comments!

—Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

July is National Culinary Arts Month!



Here are some highlighted resources for our culinary arts students and faculty in honor of Culinary Arts Month!

Research Guides: these guides help students focus on the resources they need most for their research, including books, websites, and databases.

Magazines in the library (available for checkout):

  • Chef
  • Bon Appetit
  • Cooking Light
  • Cook’s Illustrated
  • Food Magazine
  • Saveur

Online trade publications:


Plunkett Research: Find market research, industry Statistics, trends and in-depth analysis of companies, including industries such as Hotels & Travel, Green Technology, International Companies, Retailing, and Sports.

Gale Virtual Reference Library: Contains many works related to food, such as Food: In Context, Career Opportunities in the Food and Beverage Industry, and Encyclopedia of Food and Culture.

Ebrary: Search by a term such as culinary, cuisine or cooking for many culinary works, from the scholarly to the practical.

Print books:

These books are available in our library.  Click here to view a list of books under the subject of Cooking. We also have cookbooks by well-known chefs, including Bobby Flay, Ina Garten, Emeril, Rachael Ray, Julia Child, Jacques Pepin, and more.

Selected works:beatenseared

Beaten, Seared, and Sauced: On Becoming a Chef at the Culinary Institute of America

Vegan Vegetarian Omnivore

1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die


The Making of a Chef

The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African-American Cookbooks

100million100 Million Years of Food

Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

Professional Baking

Kings of Pastry (DVD)

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–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Hours for Week of July 4th


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We will have the following hours July 3-6:

July 3, July 5, and July 6
7:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

July 4  Closed

All college offices are closed Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 6/2-8/6.


Summer Travel-whatever your budget!

travel verb trav·el \ˈtra-vəl\

  1. a :  to journey through or over
    b :  to follow (a course or path) as if by traveling

  2. to traverse (a specified distance)

    —Definition from Merriam Webster

To travel, to journey, to traverse–many of us dream of places we would like to go or things we would like to do or see.  According to this article in Psychology Today, traveling can change our personalities by making us more open and helping us gain perspective. Travel can even cause us to be more agreeable (not so sure about that one…)

In the Chicago area, we are fortunate to have many options close to us to fulfill our wanderlust. We may also want to dream–where would we like to travel farther afield? Here are some options to get you started on your own personal journey!

Near: Chicago is a first class city with so many things to see and do, many for free. From Starved Rock to Springfield to Cantigny, you can also find some great places beyond Chicago that won’t break the bank.

15 Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Chicago

Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise chicago-cloud-gate-1479046003K70

Hidden Illinois: 208 Cool and Unusual Things to Do in Illinois

Things to Do In Illinois

Far: Want to plan a trip? These sites offer choices that may be more affordable than you think!

Travel & Leisure’s America’s Best Cities for Summer Travel

30 Cheapest Places to Travel in 2017

3d-world-globe-1395755666ztfTravel & Leisure’s 13 Affordable Trips to Europe

Travel Canada: Canadian Attractions

Armchair traveler? If you want to satisfy your inner travel bug for free, try these books and films that you can get at ECC Library. Be inspired by another’s travel experience, or enjoy a DVD that can take you into another place and time.


Eat Pray Love

A Walk in the Woods

Into the Wild

A Year in Provence

The Traveler: an American Odyssey in the Himalaya

Tao of Travel: Enlightenment from Lives on the Road

Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost

Fearless: One Woman, One Kayak, One Continent

A Moveable Feast: Life Changing Food Adventures from Around the World



Life of Pi

National Parks Exploration Series

Voyage to the Galapagos

Australia Revealed

Wonders of the African World


Have a favorite destination or travel book or movie? Tell us in the comments!

—Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Recommended Watching & Listening

play-30619_640The library has created a Research Guide called Recommended Watching/Listening dedicated to media viewing and listening. It offers review websites, podcasts, audio and video database resources, and more to help you decide what to watch or listen to whether on your commute, studying a topic for school, or at the beach.

You can also check out last year’s Summer Listening, Podcast Edition blog post here.