Category Archives: Resource

For new and highlighted library resources.

Resource Spotlight: Slavery and Anti-Slavery

Students and faculty can gain new insights and context into many subject areas by using the Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive database.

Need a chronology? Looking for primary documents? Want to know more about the key people involved? This searchable database provides a variety of credible and vetted primary and secondary resources, ensuring that students and faculty have the highest quality materials for their projects.

This collection includes 5.4 million cross-searchable pages, including books, manuscripts, Supreme Court records and articles, as well as links to websites and biographies. Strong partnerships with the Amistad Research Center, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the British Library, the National Archives in Kew, Oberlin College, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and many other institutions make this collection both a unique and particularly extensive resource.

If you need help navigating the collection or have any questions, please contact the Reference Desk at 847-214-7354 or libref@elgin.edu.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

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For faculty (and students!) Two new databases

ECC Library has two new databases available for students and faculty to use for both research and for reading recommendations.

Biography in Context:  Biography In Context (Gale) includes more than 650,000 biographical entries covering international figures from all time periods and areas of study. There are also videos, audio selections, images, primary sources, and magazine and journal articles from hundreds of major periodicals and newspapers.

NoveList Plus: NoveList Plus (EBSCO) has reading recommendations for both fiction and nonfiction. It includes reviews from professionals (Booklist, Kirkus, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal), as well as from readers (via Goodreads).

If you need assistance getting started with these databases, let us know at libref@elgin.edu.

Activate your library card!

Need to have your information on the go?  Access information from home 24/7? Get a head start on your research?  Then you need to have your library card!

Bring your Student Picture ID to the library to have the barcode on the back activated.  Student IDs can be obtained from the Student Life Office.

Library cards, once activated, expire when your Student ID expires. 

Please contact the Circulation Desk at 847-214-7337 or email circdesk@elgin.edu if you have questions or to activate your card remotely.

Need a quiet space? Get a study room!

secret-2725302_640As we come into the final push to the end of the semester, you may find you need to have some quiet time to yourself to focus, or maybe you need to work on a group project while you are on campus. The library’s study rooms are the answer!

Study rooms:

  • Are checked out on your library account at the library’s Circulation Desk on the first floor;
  • Cannot be reserved: they are first come, first served, for three hour increments (you and the key must stay in the library during your 3 hour check-out period);
  • May contain flat screens that can be hooked up to a laptop;
  • On the first floor contain large whiteboards.  Other rooms may have small whiteboards;
  • Are not soundproof, so noise should be kept to a quiet, normal speaking voice;
  • Come in various sizes, so rooms can accommodate as few as 1-2 people, and up to 10 people.

Contact the Circulation Desk for more information or come to the library to check one out! If you have other questions, check out the library’s FAQ on study spaces here.

Need something the library doesn’t own? Try 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.

Resource Spotlight: CQ Researcher

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CQ Researcher is a weekly online magazine – each week has an in-depth report on a topic of current interest and provides award winning in-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day.

You can browse the reports (watch the dates, as reports can go back as far as the 1920s!) or search by a Hot Topic. There is also a Pro/Con section to help you understand both sides of an issue. Reports are detailed and provide a chronology and references.

For help using this resource, see the User Guide or view our quick tutorial:

Resource Spotlight: New York Times Digital Subscription

NYT DigitalThe library has a subscription to the New York Times digital edition This is the web version of the New York Times, rather than a database version. It includes full access to all articles dating back to 1851 right from a mobile device or a computer. You can register to have free, personal access through this new subscription.  Here are the steps:

  • Using a student.elgin.edu or elgin.edu email account, create a personal account for full access to NYT from 1851-present.
  • Account registration works best in a Chrome browser.
  • You only need to register at this link once. After that, you can go directly to nytimes.com and login with your personal account.

Access to the New York Times in text form for student research is still available through the library’s newspaper databases.