Category Archives: Resource

For new and highlighted library resources.

Recommended Watching & Listening

play-30619_640The library has created a Research Guide called Recommended Watching/Listening dedicated to media viewing and listening. It offers review websites, podcasts, audio and video database resources, and more to help you decide what to watch or listen to whether on your commute, studying a topic for school, or at the beach.

You can also check out last year’s Summer Listening, Podcast Edition blog post here.

Check out one of our print magazines!

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Our print magazine collection includes over 100+ titles such as: Bon Appetit, Money, Essence, Latina, Entertainment Weekly, Yoga Journal, Modern Farmer, Newsweek, Radiologic Technology and many more.

The policies for this collection are as follows:

  • Only previous (back) issues circulate (the current issue stays in the library)
  • The checkout period is 7 days, with no renewal

Daily newspapers are still in library use only.

Remember that we have over 68,000 full text magazines available through our online databases. Click on Article Databases from the library’s webpage for a full list of options.

Questions about checking out magazines? Contact the Circulation Desk at 847-214-7337.

Need help citing? Try these resources!

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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.

The Write Place offers writing assistance. They are located in Building B, Room B274. Any student or ECC employee can use this service.  Stop by Building B, Room B274, or call 847-214-7480 for information. Hours: Mondays through Thursdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.; Fridays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Don’t forget that you can also get personalized citation help from the ECC Librarians. 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, text, phone, and in person.

Confused about “Fake News”? We have thoughts…and resources!

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Libraries and librarians are and have always been integral in helping people find balanced, reliable information and evaluating that information for credibility. Rather than using the terms “Fake News”, we like to say “Thinking Critically About the News”, because the idea of “fake” can cover everything from parody, satire, lying, unintentional misinformation, and even news that is biased but contains truth.

Our Thinking Critically About the News Research Guide  (found under Current Events & Controversial Issues) provides reliable and vetted sites to help faculty and students explore the issue of “fake” news and practice their evaluation skills. The guide includes information on bias, exercises, fact checking, a news feed, and more. ” It was created by Library Intern Angela Bouque and compiled and curated by ECC Librarians.

For questions, comments, and additions, or to schedule a library instruction session, please contact the Library Reference Desk at 847-214-7354 or email libref@elgin.edu.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Resource Spotlight: NEW! HeinOnline

HeinOnlineHeinOnline is a new database that includes 2,300 full text journals, comprehensive coverage of government documents, all United States treaties, constitutions from every country in the world, and several specialized collections.

In addition to the vast law collection, there is a specialized database called Slavery In America and the World: History, Culture, and Law.  This collection brings together a multitude of essential legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world, including statutes, court cases, and other primary and secondary documents.

This new database collection covers many subject areas, including law, government, history, and sociology.  To access HeinOnline, go to the Article Databases list and choose H, or find it on the Subject listing Government & Law.

Resource Spotlight: ebrary

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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 your students!): Interlibrary Loan

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What is Interlibrary Loan:

Interlibrary Loan is the process by which the library will request materials not available in our own collection. Items are delivered to the library and you can pick them up and check them out just like any other library item. Items are usually free.

Why you should care:
This means that you can get just about any item you want, from any library, without having to try to find it yourself, for free.

The service includes books, journal articles, DVDs, videos, and other materials.

Plan ahead–sometimes items  can come quickly, but giving a week to 10 days for the item is a good rule of thumb.

Need to use it?
You can find the policies and form here.

For questions, contact Armando Trejo, Archives/Interlibrary Loan Librarian at (847) 214-7141.