Category Archives: Resource

For new and highlighted library resources.

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

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!

Mental health: Research and support resources

During challenging times, it can be difficult to navigate through the uncertainty and social isolation. Try these resources to help. Use your AccessECC ID and password to access the online collections.

If you are feeling like you need to speak to someone, the resources below can help.

  • Find support from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention here
  • 1-800-SUICIDE  (1-800-784-2433)
  • Depression Hotline (630) 482-9696
  • Para obtener asistencia en español llame al 1-888-628-9454 
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255) or text TALK to #741741

Here are some good websites discussing mental health support during this pandemic:

  • COVID-19 Pandemic ( and help for assistance in bill pay, etc. Search your area specifically on the main page for sources in your area.

We have many ebook collections (mostly non-fiction): the following two specific collections can be useful when you need to access information online regarding mental health.

  • 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.


Wellness Services will be offering scheduled phone sessions beginning March 30th. To schedule an appointment with a Wellness Professional please contact 847-214-7390. If you are struggling with the current changes in our country, anxiety or depression you are not alone. Please do not hesitate to reach out. We are here to listen and support you! 

For services after hours or during spring break, please call the Student Assistance Program at 847-742-4033. For all emergencies, please dial 911.

When campus is open, we have our Wellness professionals ready to assist you.

Building B, Room B120
Fax: 847-214-7522

We care about our students and want you to feel supported.

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.

Resource Spotlight: CQ Researcher

CQ logo

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:

Viruses: A very short introduction book review (plus bonus information!)

Viruses: A Very Short Introduction
by Dorothy Crawford
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Viruses are important and can be scary, but understanding them may help you to panic less. This book is a “quick and dirty” look (ha!) at viruses–what they are, how they work, where they have been, and how they can spread.

The book begins with an overview of what viruses are. Microbes evolved on Earth around 3 billion years ago, and many can be traced back to the early days of the written word. However, they were not specifically isolated by humans until the late 19th century, when microscopes were developed.

By the early 20th century, viruses were “defined as a group of microbes that were infectious, filterable, and required living cells for their propagation” (Crawford, 2011, p. 4).

One thing to recognize is that in light of the recent Covid-19 coronavirus, more recent outbreaks such as SARS and MERS were also coronaviruses (defined as having a “halo” around the microbe). Even the common cold is a coronavirus!

While this book does describe the dangerous parts of viruses, it is also good to note that viruses exist everywhere, and while they are constantly evolving, so are our defenses. Not only do our bodies recognize and develop some immunity and adapt, but in many cases we have access to vaccines that can help to minimize the effects, and we have science to help us develop ways to think about and consider the impact on the likely affected populations.

With chapters such as “Viruses are Everywhere”, “Kill and Be Killed”, “Epidemics and Pandemics”, and “Viruses past, present, and future”, this book provides a complex description of viruses, yet is a readable overview for the general public. The end of the book includes further reading references and a glossary.

Bonus! Here are some other places to learn about viruses!

This video does a great job of explaining viruses in about 7 minutes:

The podcast This Podcast will Kill You is a really informative look at all sorts of viruses, pathogens, and parasites in a “fun” way (and they also cite their sources!) Each episode provides the scientific background, current status, and history, and they often have experts on the topic. The hosts are PhDs who are early in their careers and who have an ongoing interest in disease and epidemiology.

The ECC Emergency Management Office has a website with the latest information.

THE World Health Organization (WHO) has a site which updates daily with new and emerging information. For the US, also review the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) site on COVID-19. This site has a current global map from Johns Hopkins.

Final word: hand washing is the BEST WAY to stop the spread of any virus. Staying home when you have symptoms of illness or when you are sick also means the virus cannot invade another person and replicate to cause more illness. Learn about what a virus is, and be smart about your health.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

For faculty: Faculty FAQs

Did you know that the library has an FAQ? It is located on our website under How Do I? While the FAQ is open to everyone, we have a special tag for faculty where you can see just the questions that are faculty focused.

Questions include how to schedule a classroom at the library, research appointments, embedded librarians for your online class, and more.

If you have any questions that are not answered in our FAQ, or have questions that you would like to see posted in the FAQ, please contact the Reference Desk at 847-214-7354 or

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Primaries coming in March: are you ready to vote?

Photo from the New Orleans branch of the NAACP

 Election time is coming down to the wire!  Still confused? Try some of these great resources to help you be aware and informed.  Don’t forget to register and VOTE!

The ECC Library has created a Voting Research Guide devoted to the upcoming elections. This guide provides a one-stop place to access voting information, polling places, elected officials, and more. Some of the sites included are listed below.


VoteSmart: Their mission says it all: “to provide free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials to ALL Americans.”

OpenSecrets: A nonpartisan guide that traces how money influences America’s elections and policies.

PolitiFact: Statements are examined by reporters and researchers and given the Truth-O-Meter test. A nice place to see who is stretching the truth, or telling lies, and how.

FactCheck: From their mission statement: to “monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.”

PolicyMap: This open part of their subscription services allows users to map data all over the country on topics such as housing, economy, education, health, and more.


(Use your AccessECC ID and password for off-campus access)

CQ Researcher: This database covers a lot of information: current and historical.  It provides in depth reports on important issues and is a great place to go for a good compilation of facts on a topic.

Opposing Viewpoints: Covers controversial topics and gives you the pro/con to each side of the debate.

U.S. Election information

U.S. Election Commission: Provides information on the upcoming elections, including voter registration information.

C-SPAN video library: Watch videos related to various C-SPAN programs.

Can I Vote?: This site will quickly tell you if you are registered to vote, or what you need to become a registered voter.

Ballotopedia: A free online encyclopedia of American Politics.

Local voting information

Kane County Elections

Cook County Elections

Voting information outside of Kane and Cook Counties:

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

New resource: Kanopy

There is a brand new library resource. Kanopy is a streaming video product with world cinema, classics, documentaries, and many different topics including: health; media; global studies; and race and ethnic studies.

Kanopy is accessible via the library’s web page.

Then click on the Article Databases Link. Click on “K” to find the Kanopy link.

Or for direct access go to:

For off campus access, after you login in with your AccessECC ID and password, you will get another screen that says to log in. Click the login button and then you should not have to log in again.