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May is Mental Health Month

In the era of COVID, we need to pay attention to the mental health of ourselves and others more than ever. Here are some resources to help.

Suggestions for relieving anxiety:

Some suggestions from the podcast This Podcast Will Kill You from their episode on COVID 19-Mental Health:

  • Recognize and validate your anxiety. These are anxious times. It is normal, and anxiety helps you to prepare for the unknown.
  • That said, distinguish between helpful and unhelpful thoughts. If you need to, limit news/media and limit screen time before bed.
  • Seek out reliable information (note some of the links within this post).
  • Accept that times are uncertain. Work to not be anxious or wrapped up in the uncertainty. In this case, seek out the things that are certain to you, such as your values.
  • When looking at your values, find ways to act on them. How can you practice those values (delivering food to a neighbor, writing notes to a nursing home, etc.)
  • Stay on as much of a schedule as you can. Keeping with normal shower, exercise, and meal times can help decrease anxiety and increase feelings of security.
  • Distractions are good. Find time each day to watch a movie, read a book, Zoom with a friend, etc. Just a few minutes of distraction can ease you out of difficult thoughts and calm your mind.
  • Remember that feelings of fear can spread. Put your fears into context; although it may seem that your fear is related, it may be something you don’t have to really be concerned with right now.

In the online ECC Library:

In our ECC Library COVID research guide, we have a specific section leading to reliable resources and articles on mental health and support.

Review our Suicide Awareness Guide for information specific to this topic.

We have many books that can help you explore mental health issues.  You can use key words to look up a specific issue, such as depression, bipolar, anxiety, PTSD, or stress. Go here to search the library’s ebook collections. These two collections are a good place to start:

mental health
Courtesy of Amazon

Springer: This collection has an emphasis on scientific materials, including psychology.

Ebook Central: This database covers many subject areas. Search a specific term for best results.

For articlesPsycArticles is a great place for psychology research.  High quality, academic, peer reviewed articles are available on any psychology topic.


Credible Internet sites:

There are many places online where you can get support if you need it. Here are some options:

  • (Anxiety and Depression Association of America)
  • Illinois Department of Human Services
    • Check out specifically the Illinois Call4Calm Text Line: text TALK to 552020 for English or HABLAR for Spanish. This service is free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
    • Call the NAMI Helpline at 800-950-NAMI or text “NAMI” to 741741 
  • SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
    • National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Through Elgin Community College:

Finally, we have great help right here at ECC: Wellness Services.  They have a lot of support services that they offer students, including one-on-one sessions, support groups, crisis intervention and even a Wellness podcast. They are available to you remotely during this time. Wellness Services are offering scheduled phone sessions. To schedule an appointment with a wellness professional, please contact 847-214-7390 or email your wellness professional directly.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian, with assistance from Jennifer Schlau, Reference/Instruction Librarian

May is Military Appreciation Month

May, marked officially as Military Appreciation Month, is a special month for both those in and out of the military.

Not only do we pause on Memorial Day to remember the sacrifice and service of those who gave all, but the month also holds several other military anniversaries and events, including Military Spouse Appreciation Day and Armed Forces day.

ECC is a military friendly school, with a specialized coordinator on staff who can help you with job searching, transition, referrals, scheduling, planning and more. See what the campus has to offer here.

Want to know more about military history? Search the Library of Congress site which has lots of primary resources and photos, as well as other secondary resources. This search will get you started on “military history.”

Thank you to all of our military students and veterans, past and present.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

New Resource! Health professions students & faculty: JOMI

Journal of Medical Insight (JOMI) is a peer-reviewed surgical video journal that offers a new gold standard in video-based surgical education.

JOMI films and publishes surgical procedures offering incision-to-closure, long-form, high-quality, surgeon-narrated didactic experiences / masterclasses. JOMI is used by residents, attendings, medical students, surgical technologists, clinical staff, patients, and others around the world to help them prepare for cases, learn about novel advancements, and otherwise to have a deep and rich learning experience.


You will access the JOMI database through the library’s database list; this ensures that you go through the proxy and will not asked to be logged in, except with your AccessECC ID and password.

On the main page, you can either search, click on Articles or view the right side of the screen to choose your area of interest, such as General Surgery or Orthopaedics:

Once you retrieve an Article, you have the option to view the surgery via the video at the top:

You can also review text information about the item, such as Main Text or the Procedure Outline:

If you have any questions about using this resource, let us know!

Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

New Books for Spring

Before we left campus, we processed some great print books for our collection. Although they miss you, they will be here for you when we return!

Click the link for location information, description, and availability.

New books arrive every week–search our library’s catalog from our website for new and old favorites to check out when campus is back open.


The pandemic century : one hundred years of panic, hysteria, and hubris

Democracy & Truth: A Short History

Futbolera: A history of women and sports in Latin America

What was Liberalism? The past, present, and promise of a noble idea

Wright and New York: the making of America’s architect

Whistleblowing: toward a new theory

The deep state:  how an army of bureaucrats protected Barack Obama and is working to destroy the Trump agenda

Diagnosis female: how medical bias endangers women’s health

Personality disorders: elements, history, examples, and research

We are the weather: saving the planet begins at breakfast

Tragedy, the Greeks, and Us

How to play video games

History of Philosophy

How to be an Antiracist

Bad Blood: secrets and lies in a Silicon Valley startup

Will AI Replace Us? A primer for the 21st century

Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, and Spike Lee : ethnicity, race, and identity in American independent film

Wild sea: a history of the Southern Ocean

–All images courtesy of

Welcome back virtually! We are glad to see you!

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

We hope everyone is well and ready to learn. Know that we are here to help! Our librarians will be online to assist you with all our resources and can guide you to how to get started.

Use our Chat feature to ask us any questions, or you can email us at

Here are a couple links to get you started if you need to find research. Remember to use your AccessECC ID and password to access resources from off campus.

-Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

For faculty: Open Educational Resources

Major publishers, like Cengage, Wiley, RedShelf, and VitalSource, have opened up eBooks for students through this term. This guide from Library at University of Richmond shares how:

We have posted this information on our OER, COVID 19, and Copyright Research guides here at ECC.

Thank you Jennifer Schlau for the information!

ECC Library closed for Spring Recess/COVID-19 concerns

The library is closed until further notice. This situation is fluid and the hours may change. For COVID-19 information, see our Research Guide. ECC information is also linked in the guide under Schools & COVID-19 information.

To use the library’s databases and ebooks 24/7 during break or anytime, use your AccessECC ID and password. To check out books or movies before break, you will need to have your student ID activated at the library’s Circulation Desk. For more information, contact or call 847-214-7337.

Be well and we will see you soon!

COVID-19 Research Guide-keep up on the latest

The library has created a COVID-19 research guide that provides up to date information on local, state, national, and international developments. We also link to current ECC information.

Thank you to Jennifer Schlau for creating the guide.

Video Conference with Rwandan Genocide Survivor

Bring your classes and join us for an interview, via video-conference, with a Rwandan Genocide survivor, Dr. Tharcisse Seminega, author of No Great Love.  The presentation/interview will be conducted by Greg Milakovich, US Representative for the ArnoldLiebster Foundation, on March 31, 2020, from 11:00 AM–12:00 PM in the Seigle Auditorium, Building E. During the interview, Milakovich will give the historical context of the massacre, as Dr. Semiega shares his family’s experience during the slaughter. This event is open to the public and free of charge.

In addition, ECC  will host the traveling exhibition “A Chronicle of Hope—Revisiting the Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda.” The exhibition will be presented from March 31 to April 30 and will be on display in the Spartan Corner (Hub) in Building B. The six 4’ x 7’ illustrated panels contain accounts of life and death among the community of Jehovah’s Witnesses during the genocide in Rwanda and were produced by the Office of Public Information of Jehovah’s Witnesses. The event is paid for with GIST Global Grants money, available to all faculty.  

If you have any questions, please contact Ginger Alms x7180.

Celebrate Women’s History Month, Mar. 1-31, 2020

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Women’s History Month began as Women’s History Week in California in 1978. President Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th 1980 as National Women’s History Week. In 1987, Women’s History was designated by Congressional law–Women’s

The Women’s History Month site through the Library of Congress is a great source for primary information and special exhibitions.

Facts about women:

  • U.S. Women outnumber men  157.2 million vs. 153.2 million.   Twice as many women are older than 85 compared to men.*
  • 66% of female citizens 18 and over reported voting in the 2008 election.   62% male counterparts voted.*
  • 14% of the armed forces are women as of September 2008.*
From the U.S. Department of Labor

In the library, as part of our Global Issues in Context Database, there is a special section on Women’s Rights you can explore.  This site provides audio, video, news, biographies and more. As part of our HeinOnline database, there is a section on Women and the Law that you can also explore. You can also explore biographies on women and others in our Biography in Context database. You can also find books on Women’s History in the catalog, or search Ebook Central for ebook options.

Come see some of our new works on women’s issues (click for description, call number, and location):

*Facts from

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian