Category Archives: Resource

For new and highlighted library resources.

Resource Spotlight: Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text

One of our newer databases is Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text. It is the leading full-text database for criminal justice research and offers an essential collection of journals for students and scholars researching criminal justice and criminology, including scholarly resources.

This database uses the EBSCO platform, which means that you can also save your items of interest to Google Drive, use the citation feature, print or email your articles, and do advanced searching.

If you have a topic related to criminal justice, policing, or human rights, this is a great place to begin your research.

If you need help using the databases, contact the librarians at libref@elgin.edu or via chat or text (847-999-0403).

-Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

June 27th is PTSD Awareness Day

The National Center for PTSD provides many resources which can help you or a loved one take advantage of supportive resources. This booklet will help you understand PTSD, which affects over 8 million people in the U.S.

Here are some places that you can go for support:

Get Help in a Crisis
Numbers for emergency resources such as the
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) and Veterans Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255, press 1).

Find a Therapist
Suggestions for finding a therapist, counselor, or mental health care provider who can help your recovery.

Help for Veterans
Resources to help you find treatment within VA.

Help for Family and Friends
Resources to help you take care of yourself while supporting someone with PTSD.

You can also find Self-Help and Coping tools to help you manage stress reactions, regardless of whether or not you have PTSD.

You can also contact the ECC Wellness Services here, or Anitra King at Veterans Services.

–Compiled by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Good graphics for teaching about disinformation

I found these two graphics on Twitter from @terrisenft (her Twitter description: I study global social media. Now at Macquarie (Sydney, AU) Previously @ NYU (New York) and UEL (London.) Founder, http://selfieresearchers.org). These graphics offer a simple way to consider disinformation, both as a breakdown of the different types of disinformation, and also as the perpetrators of disinformation.

New Anti-Racism Research Guide

The library has a new Anti-Racism Resource Guide. This guide is a work in progress and will be added to as new resources are discovered.

In addition, we also have the Social Justice Research Guide and the MAGIC Beyond Awareness Research Guide that have a lot of great related resources.

Reminder that Part 1 of the MAGIC Black Lives Matter series is on Wednesday, June 10th from 2:00-3:30. See below for details!

Resource Spotlight: LGBTQ+ Source

LGBTQ+ Source (formerly LGBT Life with Full Text) is the definitive database for LGBT studies. It provides scholarly and popular LGBT publications in full text, plus historically important primary sources. There are 140 full text journals included, and over 160 full text books and reference resources. It also includes a specialized LGBT thesaurus containing thousands of terms.

There are also many resources available on our LGBTQ Research guide.

See this blog post for more resources in recognizing Pride Month in June.

-Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Social Justice Research Guide and resources

The ECC Library has a Social Justice Research Guide that compiles resources on race relations, white privilege, police brutality, LGBTQ, and civil rights. Many of the resources in this guide are available via your AccessECC ID and password. Each area has links to databases, ebooks, and other online resources that can assist in understanding and discussing these issues.

Below is a variety of ebooks that are linked on this guide. Please note that there are many more ebook options available through Ebook Central and other ebook databases. Use your AccessECC ID and password to access.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, with contributions to the guide by Jen Schlau and Mary Spevecek, Reference/Instruction Librarians

June is Pride month!

What is Pride Month?

Learn: 

Pride Month was initially declared by President Clinton in 2000.  The Library of Congress has a wonderful collection of primary materials you can explore as well. From their website:

The Library’s numerous collections contain many books, posters, sound recordings, manuscripts and other material produced by, about and for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. Learn more here.

Wondering about terminology? This site from We are Family provides a glossary of terms that are easy to understand. Here is another, more comprehensive site from It’s Pronounced Metrosexual.

Explore: 

This site (also from It’s Pronounced Metrosexual) has some great, printable graphics that explain various concepts around the categories of gender, sexuality, and social justice.

In the ECC Library:

The library has an LGBTQ+ Research Guide which lists books, articles, websites, and more.

LGBT Life with Full Text from EBSCO is the “definitive database for LGBT studies. It provides scholarly and popular LGBT publications in full text, plus historically important primary sources, including monographs, magazines and newspapers. It also includes a specialized LGBT thesaurus containing thousands of terms. ” This database will be useful for faculty and students alike.

Ebooks: Here is a small selection of Ebooks from Ebook Central. Try searches on gay, lesbian, LGBTQ, queer or other terms for a larger selection. To find other books for Pride month, check out what your local public library has available through their Ebook collections as well.

At ECC:

Our institution protects the rights of our LGBTQ community.  ECC has six gender neutral and family bathrooms and transgender students may utilize those bathrooms to which their gender conforms. These bathrooms are located around campus and can also be used as nursing rooms. The bathrooms labeled “family” can be found in A158, C133, K104, and K159. The bathrooms labeled “unisex” can be found in H139, H140, E100.4 and E216.02.

A new semester can be stressful for any student; however for our Transgender and Non-binary community, entering new classes with new professors can potentially increase anxiety and gender dysphoria.


Students are NOT required to inform their professors unless the student feels comfortable disclosing personal information regarding chosen pronouns and chosen name and wants to be referred to as such in class. Here’s a template you can use to email your professors before classes begin!

 Hello Professor ___________,I am enrolled in your course, (insert official course title/number), meeting on (insert days/times).  I identify as (insert gender identity). My legal name will appear on your course roster as (insert legal name). I have not yet legally changed my name, but would very much appreciate if you would instead refer to / speak to me in class and correspondence by my chosen first name, (insert your chosen name), and with (insert your pronoun) pronoun. I am happy to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to reply to this email address. I am very excited to begin classes and look forward to meeting you. Thank you for acknowledging my gender identity.Best,(Your preferred full name)  

Please contact Wellness Services ECC at studentwellness@elgin.edu if you would like more resources, have questions or encounter any difficulties with this process. We can also provide assistance and information about name changes at the College level and help refer you to proper channels for legal name changes.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian, with assistance from Wellness Services

Don’t stress about citing! We have you covered…

Image by Pexels from Pixabay 

Make your life easier by checking out the citing guide options below.

MLA

APA

Chicago/Turabian

NoodleTools is an online tool that can assist you in organizing your research, including notecards, sharing, and creating your bibliography/works cited page. See the NoodleTools Research Guide for step-by-step instructions. For quick citing help, try NoodleTools Express!

The Write Place offers writing assistance.
Cost: Free
Who can use: Students enrolled in credit classes at ECC and ECC employees.
Online support: Complete the online tutoring sign-up form to enroll in online tutoring.

Don’t forget that you can also get personalized citation help from the ECC Librarians. We cannot “check” your paper and sources, but we can lead you in the right direction! We are available during all of our library hours (many nights until 10 p.m.) and have experience in the various formats.  Contact us by email, chat, and text.

Resource Spotlight: NoveList Plus

NoveList Plus is a database owned by the ECC Library that provides reading recommendations for both fiction and nonfiction (reviews of factual books for faculty curriculum: this is the “Plus”). You have access to this resource at http://library.elgin.edu/ under Article Databases: click on “N.” You may be asked for your AccessECC ID and password.

NoveList Plus has become well known for “Read-alikes.” If a student says, “I only read Stephen King.” Well, go to:

and enter “Stephen King.” Up will pop up several alternative authors that the student might like: in this case King’s son, Joe Hill, Neil Gaiman, Peter Straub, and Dan Simmons. Perhaps more importantly, the reader can learn that their genres (or category of reading) that they like are under Horror and/or Fantasy Fiction. In addition, they will find an article about why readers like this author. Where to go next?

Click:

in the following:

and then click:


How do I get to books for nonfiction subjects? On the left-hand side of the page under Recommended Reads Lists, Click on Nonfiction. It should default to:

Then you can choose from categories such as:

Best of 2019 Nonfiction
Includes popular culture, travel writing, global affairs, and more.

Biography & Memoir
Includes categories such as Extraordinary Women, African American Life Stories, Life, Faith, Spirituality, and other interesting topics.

History
Learn more about the Greatest Generation, Invention and Discovery, Historical Women, and Indigenous Histories as well as other topics.

Nature & Science
Categories covered include About your Brain, Mega Tech, That’s Wild, and additional topics.

For more in-depth help with the resource, take a look at our NoveList Plus Research Guide!

–Written by Mary Spevacek, Reference/Instruction Librarian

The Library of Congress is 220 years young!

The Reading Room
Photo by Stephen Walker, https://www.northernvirginiamag.com/

April 24 is the 220th anniversary of the Library of Congress. Established in 1800, it is the oldest cultural institution in the United States and the largest library in the world. Fun fact: Part of the basis for the library was Thomas Jefferson’s 6,000+ library, which he sold to the LOC in 1815, after much of the collection was destroyed in the War of 1812.

The Library of Congress “collects, preserves, and provides access” to its collections for free. They collect everything from film, to photographs, to Tweets. More information on collections can be found here, or search the library’s catalog to explore their resources online.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian