New database format- how to find your favorite database!

New libguide dbChange is good!  You may have noticed that there are some changes when you access the Article Database tab from the library’s webpage.

With this recent upgrade, you now have a list of ALL 80+ databases and e-book vendors in alphabetical order.  Just browse the list or click on the letter to find your desired database.

Not sure which database you want? You can search three ways:

  • All Subjects: choose the subject area to get started.  Bonus: if you search by subject, our Research Guides now appear on the right side for even easier access to your research options.
  • All Types: Select the down arrow to narrow your types to Article Database, Dictionary/Encyclopedia, E-books, or Newspapers.
  • All Vendors: Select the down arrow to choose an exact vendor–EBSCO, ProQuest, Plunkett, etc.

As always, contact the librarians if you need specific help finding a database.  You can reach us via chat, phone, text, email, or in person in Building C.

Resource Spotlight: Ebrary E-books

Ebrary is an online e-book database that offers access to a wide variety of topics including: anthropology, business, computers, education, English, fine arts, history, language, law, psychology, religion, science, and social sciences.

The database offers the flexibility to browse by topic or search for a specific term.  These e-books offer authoritative resources from trusted publishers, and allow you to access the full text of these books right from your home!

Check out this New Reader Overview video to learn more!

For Faculty and Students: New Research Guide format!

Research Guides updateWe have recently updated our Research Guides.  The guides have a cleaner feel and can be accessed in several ways.  The best ways to access are By Subject (the default) or By Type, which divides into the categories of Course Guide, Program/Department Guide, Subject Guide, or Topic Guide.

For students, Research Guides are “one stop shops” for your course or a subject area.  Research Guides typically get you started with your research, providing databases, websites, and citing and can be specific to a class, or general in a subject area.

For faculty, if you would like a Research Guide for your course, please contact the librarians at or by calling 847-214-7354.

Take a look at the guides and let us know what you think!

Get your library card!

librarycardNeed to have your information on the go?  Want to get a head start on your research?  Then you need to have your library card activated for Fall Semester!

Student cards must be renewed each semester. As soon as your barcode is activated or your card is issued borrowing privileges begin.  You will also have 24/7 access to most of our library databases from home.

Students will need to present their ECC photo ID card at the Circulation Desk to have the library barcode activated, or contact the Library’s Circulation Desk at (847) 214-7337 or for more information or to renew over the phone.

Fall Library Hours announced

Photo courtesy of  Dominic Alves via Flickr

Photo courtesy of Dominic Alves via Flickr

Welcome back!

Fall hours are:

Monday-Thursday 7:45 a.m.-10 p.m.

Friday 7:45-5 p.m.

Saturday 9:00 a.m.-2 p.m.

CLOSED Sundays and the following holidays:

Labor Day Weekend
Saturday, September 5-Monday, September 7

Thanksgiving Recess
Wednesday, November 25 (5 p.m.)-Sunday, November 29

Holiday Recess
Wednesday, December 23 (5 p.m.)-Sunday, January 3, 2016

You CAN have Résumé success!


When you are job hunting, how do you get an edge over your competition?  One way is to prepare an impressive résumé. There are many great books and websites to choose from, but we have gathered the cream of the crop to help you get started!

Books available at ECC Library:

Knock ’em dead: the ultimate job search guide 2015
Résumé advice as well as general information about job searching.

Everything résumé book
Provides samples, the seven steps to writing a good résumé, and more great advice.

Graduate to a great job
Advice on résumé building and selling yourself to a prospective employer.

Step by step résumé
A great place to start building your first résumé and establishing your brand.

Résumé magic: trade secrets of a professional résumé writer
Explains résumé creation and illustrates professional techniques with actual examples.


OWL Purdue Résumé Workshop
Provides detailed explanations, quick tips, and step-by-step processes for creating an effective résumé.

How to write a great résumé and cover letter
A quick two minute video with some great advice.

Résumé Writing Tips
Discusses practical issues with résumés, types of résumés, and provides samples.

You can also check out the ECC Library’s Research Guide for Career Development, which has a section on résumés and cover letters.

Wrap up your summer with these 5 ideas!

Summer isn’t quite over.  Make some memories before your classes resume.

1. Take a hike

Zombies are unlikely, but there are lots of places to hike. Locally, try the Forest Preserves of Cook County,  or the Forest Preserve District of Kane County. Here’s a map of the Kane County Properties to get you started!

2. Try a picnic

Once you decide on your hiking spot, you may need food.  This site from BuzzFeed gives you 37 ways to have a great picnic. Some ideas are a little fancy, some crazy, and some super creative.  Basically, you need easy-to-eat food and drinks, a blanket, music, and someone to share it all with.

3. Listen under the stars

If you get an evening with no rain, (and after your picnic) how about a great outdoor concert? One great example is the Grant Park Music Festival, but there are many options in the ‘burbs are well.  Metromix has a good listing of options, and many local communities have Concerts in the Park throughout the summer.

4. Did someone say Drive-In?

If you aren’t into a concert under the stars, how about a movie?  Although there aren’t too many drive-in venues left, both The Cascade Drive in in West Chicago and Golden Age Cinemas in McHenry both offer up-to-date movies for a piece of nostalgia.

5. Run, Forrest, Run!

To run off all the picnic food or to just get more active, try a race!  You don’t need to race against others–just set a goal for yourself.  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?)  Here’s another site with Illinois runs.

Make the most of the waning summer days!