Hours for the week of Intersession: August 13-19, 2018

time-371226_640Hours during Elgin Community College Intersession will be:

August 13, 14, 15 (Monday-Wednesday) 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

August 16 (Thursday) 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

August 17 (Friday) 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

CLOSED August 18 & 19.

Fall semester begins at 7:45 a.m. on August 20!



For faculty: How to find a journal title in the library’s print/online collections

Full Text Finder is a service you would use if you want to know if a magazine or journal article can be found in its entirety (full text) through our library’s collection.  Many of these journals also allow you to create an RSS Feed and/or Create an Alert, so you can keep up with the latest articles in your discipline.

Find Full Text Finder on the Article Databases webpage, by choosing “F” on the alphabetical list. It is also located under the Research drop down box on our home page under Find a Specific Journal.

To use Full Text Finder, simply type in the title you want to search.FTF search

Once you search the title, if the title is available in our collections, you will get a screen like this, with your link to the full text access:FTF results

You can also browse the journals by discipline (subject area). Click on the subject you want to explore, such as Biology, History, Marketing, etc:FTF discipline

If you need help using this tool or finding out if we carry a particular title, please contact us!

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Resource Spotlight: Bloomberg QuickTakes in CREDO Reference

As part of the CREDO Reference database, you now have access to Bloomberg QuickTakes, which are billed as “hard to explain topics, explained simply.”  This is a great place to go to get a basic and reliable explanation of an issue.

Once you do a search on the topic of your choice, if there is a QuickTake for the topic, it will appear under the left sidebar, under Filter Your Search: Real Time Reference:


Here is an example of an explanation of Bitcoin.

QuickTakes are not available on every topic; however, CREDO Reference itself has a great number of definitions and encyclopedic entries that can help you understand a topic.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian, with contributions from Marge Schildknecht, Public Services Librarian



Best Product Review Sites

control-3312776_1280We polled our librarians and library staff for their best product review sites. Although many of us are familiar with Consumer Reports and Amazon, there are often other sites you only hear about through word of mouth.  So from our mouths to yours…

Consumer Reports: This old standby still stands the test of time. You can get to the full text free through the library here (search Consumer Reports), with lots of back issues to explore. Here are two places below you can see years back to the 1980s.

Angie’s List: This review site focuses on the product of SERVICES provided by a company. A great place to see local information if you aren’t sure where to begin.

Good Housekeeping Product Reviews: Go here for beauty, clothing, fitness, appliances, garden, and more. See if your favorite gets the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval!

Amazon: Anyone can write reviews of products, and some are pretty fun (and tongue-in- cheek) to read. You can see their review policies here.

Wirecutter: This site’s “recommendations are made through vigorous reporting, interviewing, and testing by teams of veteran journalists, scientists, and researchers.” More rigorous than some sites, it’s a great place to try for electronics and gadgets, but has so much more.

Top Ten Reviews: Per their site, “for over 14 years, we’ve been one of the largest and most comprehensive product review sites on the web, with tens of thousands of reviews and rankings in categories” that include services, software, business, electronics, and more.

BestReviews: Another good site that does testing and doesn’t accept free products.  They compare the top products in thousands of categories to give you reliable purchasing advice.

Cnet.com: A great place to go for tech reviews (oldie but still a goodie!).

Both Edmunds.com and Consumerguide.com are stellar for a car search and give pros, cons, and specs.

There are many review sites available, from the general to specific. For example, here is an article discussing the Top 28 Product Review sites for Online Marketers.  Consumersearch.com aggregates reviews from many different review sites (so you can find what Wirecutter and Good Housekeeping both say about salad spinners!)

As with all information, it is important to do your homework before committing to a decision! Try out some of these sites to make yourself a savvy consumer!

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, with contributions by ECC Librarians & Staff

Recommendations: Watching and Listening

Traveling this summer? Check out our Recommended Watching/Listening Research Guide!

This guide lists recommendations for audio, TV, and film. Links to award winners are included, as well as popular sites such as IMDb, TED Talks, PBS, and NPR. We also link you to databases in our library that can also provide video and audio. This can be a great starting point in identifying a new interest or author.

If you want look up to see if we have a particular item, see our FAQ on how to search the catalog for films only.  To search audio, do the same process except choose Books on Tape/CD. Or, give the library a call and we can look up an item for you.

Want to check something out to take with you? If you are a student, faculty, or community member of District 509, you can check items out of our library to bring with you! See this site for details.

—Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian



New Online Psychology Resource!


The ECC Library is happy to announce that it now has online access to the DSM 5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition), as well as the Clinical Cases and Handbook of Differential Diagnosis. These resources are used by clinicians, students, and researchers to assist in the diagnosis of mental disorders. The information included focuses on characteristics, treatments, and research of these disorders, as well as presents specific cases and approaches to diagnosis.

Don’t worry–we still have our print versions of the DSM 5 in Reference!

–Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian




July is National Culinary Arts Month!


According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, jobs in the culinary arts (such as a chef) are increasing at a faster rate than the average job.

Employment of food preparation and serving related occupations is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations, a gain of about 1.2 million jobs. Population and income growth are expected to result in greater consumer demand for food at a variety of dining places, including restaurants and grocery stores.–Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2017

As a reminder, the library has many resources available to you that can help you gain an edge in your chosen culinary field. Check out the resources below to keep up with current issues, best practices, current news, and more.

Magazines in the library (available for checkout):

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

Online trade publications:


The library has access to thousands of newspaper articles, from local papers such as the Chicago Tribune and Daily Herald, to around the globe. Search the newspaper collections individually for current news on food trends or foodborne illness outbreaks.


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.

Ebook Central: 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 

American Home Cooking: A Popular History

Vegan Vegetarian Omnivore

1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die1000places

The Making of a Chef

saltfatbookSalt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking

Coming to my Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook

The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African-American Cookbooks

100 Million Years of Food

Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

Professional Baking

Kings of Pastry (DVD) Foodfights

Food Fights and Culture Wars: A Secret History of Taste

*All covers courtesy of Amazon.com

–Updated and revised by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian