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


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 if you have questions or to activate your card remotely.

Library closed on MLK, Jr. Day

Image by Ron Cogswell

The library will be closed on Monday, January 21, 2019, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

We will reopen at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.

Click here for Spring Semester Hours

ECC Library Hours for Spring Semester announced

The library will be open for Spring Semester 2019 for the following hours beginning January 14:


 7:45 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

Friday                                7:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Saturday                           9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

We are closed the following holidays:

Jan. 21

Feb. 18

Mar. 25-March 31 (Spring Recess)

Remember that you can use our online resources 24/7 with your activated library card. Contact the Circulation Desk at 847-214-7337 or to activate your card.

Happy New Year 2019!


The ECC Library reopens for 8 a.m.-5 p.m. hours on January 2nd.

We look forward to seeing you when the Spring Semester begins on January 14!

Happy Holidays from ECC Library

christmas-bauble-15738_640Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season!

We look forward to seeing you in January.

Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York-Book review


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Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York
By Deborah Blum
614.13 B658p

Interested in true crime? Have you watched all the Forensic Files episodes on Netflix? This book is the story of how forensics began in the early decades of the 20th century, and what cases were pivotal in developing some of the techniques used to pinpoint the guilty.

Although substantive work had been done in chemistry in the 1800s, most physicians didn’t know how to isolate those compounds as processed by the human body. Furthermore, coroners or medical examiners were often appointed positions, with little expectation that they would possess specific knowledge needed for this type of detective work. Enter Charles Norris, who, along with toxicologist Alexander Gettler, was able to set up a methodical system that became the basis for modern forensics.

Each of the eleven chapters cover a different poison, and the time period varies from the years 1915-the mid-30s. You will recognize some of the poisons, such as cyanide or arsenic, but others such as wood alcohol or thallium may be unfamiliar. Each poison is illustrated by a case involving that poison. Some cases involve the poor and unknown, and some were media sensations. All throughout the retelling, the author tells a spellbinding tale of how Norris and his team dedicated themselves to finding justice for the victims (the chapter on radium is particularly heart-wrenching.)

Part history, part science, this work will both horrify and fascinate you and is a worthwhile read for those interested in crime, forensics, and justice.

–Reviewed by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian