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Research Spotlight: Springer Ebooks

Last month, we posted about one of our comprehensive ebook collections, Ebook Central. This month, we look at a specialty collection, Springer Ebooks.

Thousands of books are available in this collection, focusing on the sciences, but also including business, psychology, mathematics, geography, and engineering. Millions more articles are available on these same topics. This Springer Collection’s main strength is the vast variety of medical and health ebooks, perfect for our nursing and allied professions students.

Remote access is available with your AccessECC ID and password. If you need help using Springer, please contact the Reference Librarians at libref@elgin.edu or 847-214-7354.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Resource spotlight: Ebook Central

Ebook Central is a rich and in-depth resource containing credible ebook materials in electronic format. This resource includes information on a wide variety of topics including: anthropology, business, computers, education, English, fine arts, history, language, law, psychology, religion, science, and social sciences.

The books in Ebook Central offer an online alternative and supplement to our wonderful print collection in Building C. You will access Ebook Central in the Article Database list, click on Ebook Central, and use your AccessECC ID and password.

Check out the graphic below for how to access the full text of the book once your are logged in, or view the video on how to begin a search in Ebook Central.

If you have any questions, the librarians can help! Contact us!

3 new EBSCO databases available for faculty, students & staff

The ECC Library has added in three new, exciting databases to our comprehensive collection!

Chicano Database : This database contains over 2,400 journals going back to the 1900s, focusing on the Mexican-American and Chicano experience, as well as the broader Latino experience of Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans and Central American immigrants from 1992 onwards.

Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text: This database is the leading full-text resource for criminal justice and criminology research. Over 320 full text magazines and journals are covered. Subjects include forensic sciences, corrections, policing, criminal law and investigation.

LGBT Life with Full Text: This 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.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Resource Spotlight: Fastcase

Fastcase is a resource used by lawyers, law firms, and bar associations across the country. This service provides comprehensive access to the law by searching case law, statutes, regulations, court rules, constitutions, and law review articles.

It is called Fastcase because it uses powerful algorithms to bring the most relevant resources to the top, thus providing a quicker retrieval experience in many cases.

You can find the user guide here with search examples. The HeinOnline Knowledge Base has specific guides and videos to help you learn this valuable resource. Below is a video that will walk you through finding case law:

If you have questions about this database or need help, please contact the Reference Librarians at 847-214-7354 or libref@elgin.edu.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

New, easier login procedure for off-campus library databases access

As of Monday, May 20th, the method for signing into the library databases and e-books from off campus has changed. Instead of using a barcode, you will sign in with your ECC username and password, as if you are logging into AccessECC or D2L.  If you are already signed into AccessECC or D2L, you will not need to sign in again.

You will still need your physical library card or Employee ID to check out physical library materials (e.g. books, DVDs, etc.).  If you are faculty and staff, once you get your Employee ID, you can to come to the Library Circulation Desk to register your barcode.

If you have any questions about your library card, please contact the Circulation Desk at x7337 or circdesk@elgin.edu.

If you have issues logging into the databases or e-books, please contact the Reference Desk at x7354 or libref@elgin.edu.

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

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: