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Resource Spotlight: HeinOnline Immigration Law and Policy

HeinOnlineThe Immigration Law and Policy database from HeinOnline offers a compilation of important historical documents and legislation related to immigration in the United States as well as current hearings, debates and recent developments in immigration law. This database includes BIA Precedent Decisions, legislative histories, law and policy titles, extradition titles, scholarly articles, an extensive bibliography, and other related works.

Containing 1,580 titles and over 2,100 volumes, this is a great place to send students working on sociology, political science, current events, law, hot topics in the news, and even for personal interest.

If you have questions about using the database, please contact us!

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian
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10 Tips for keeping your items (and you!) safe

100px-Australia_road_sign_R3-2.svgIn honor of National Cyber Security Month, we thought we would do a post on safety.

When you are studying and concentrating, it is easy to become distracted. The last thing you need is to lose your work or study materials through theft or inattention.  Here are 10 tips to help keep your stuff safe and private in the library and online:

IN THE LIBRARY:

  1. Keep personal items with you at all times,even when just going to the printer or restroom.  This includes bags, purses, phones, laptops, flash drives, and other items.
  2. Do not put purses or bags on the restroom floor where others could quickly grab them.
  3. Always log off of your library computer before you leave the library so that no one else can access your account.
  4. Report any suspicious or disruptive behavior to the Reference Desk, Computer Help Desk, Circulation Desk, or any library staff.  Do not confront any suspicious or disruptive person yourself.
  5. For emergencies, call the ECC Police at X-7777.  For non-emergencies, call X-7778.

ONLINE*:

6. Strong password strategies (try Diceware or 1Password). Easy passwords equals easy access!

7. Secure your text and calling options: if you don’t have an Apple device, look for online software and apps that can encrypt your information.

8. Update software: often your updates contain critical patches for security issues. Do this regularly!

9. Use a browser that allows you to be anonymous. Tor Browser is one such option.

AND FINALLY:

10. Pay attention at all times to your surroundings.  Don’t be glued to your screen but rather make sure you are keeping physical space and virtual space as private as you can.

ECC has a website devoted to safety issues, including weather, fire, and lockdown procedures.  See the ECC Campus Safety site for more information.

*Some of the online tips providing by the Library Journal article on Protecting Patron Privacy.
–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Suicide Prevention Week is September 10-16, 2017

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I’m In:
Inspired, Informed, Involved

That is the theme of this year’s National Suicide Prevention Month.

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Library resources: (includes Ebooks available with your activated library card)

Other resources:

  • Follow @AASuicidology on Twitter
  • Contact the ECC Wellness Professionals at 847-214-7390. They have crisis intervention and support groups to assist you.
  • 1-800-SUICIDE  (1-800-784-2433)
  • Depression Hotline (630) 482-9696
  • Para obtener asistencia en español llame al 1-888-628-9454 

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Maria2016(2)–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Online Teaching Survival Guide Book Review

Online teachingThe Online Teaching Survival Guide: Simple and Practical Pedagogical Tips by Judith Boettcher and Rita-Marie Conrad
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Although published in 2010, this useful guide is a great option for anyone looking to set up an online course from scratch, or for an instructor implementing an online curriculum.

Boettcher and Conrad provide a general overview of best teaching practices in Part One, including guidance on creating a supportive community, providing a mix of synchronous and asynchronous activities, asking for feedback, and wrapping up in a meaningful way. Part Two divides the course into various phases of the class, including “course beginning”, “early middle”, “late middle” and “closing weeks” so the reader can easily use the tips and tools that most match the phase he/she is teaching. The authors give thought-provoking questions throughout that the teacher can think about as part of the course, or use in the class to spur on critical thinking and creating community.

Having taught online classes, I can say that the advice, tips, scholarship, and focus are all useful from day one and many of the items that I have used within my classroom have worked well and have added value and to the students’ successes.

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—Submitted by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Solar Eclipse: Fast Facts

When? August 21

What time? For our area, the eclipse will peak at 1:18:28 pm CDT, when the moon obscures 86.9% of the sun.

What is a solar eclipse?

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Graphic courtesy of the  Exploratorium

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Check your zip code for when the eclipse will happen in your area and what it will look like.

What do I need to view it? Be safe with this NASA guide!

For more information:

NPR: Here’s What you Need to Know about the Total Solar Eclipse
NASA: Who, What, Where, When, How
Weather.gov : Path of Totality
MIT News: Tips for Viewing the Solar Eclipse Q&A with Richard Binzel

Maria2016(2)–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference Librarian, with contributions from Stacey Shah, Distance Learning Librarian

 

Tastes of Summer!

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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.

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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!

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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:

Ebooks:

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

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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)

*All covers courtesy of Amazon.com

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–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian