Tag Archives: database

Resource Spotlight: Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text

One of our newer databases is Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text. It is the leading full-text database for criminal justice research and offers an essential collection of journals for students and scholars researching criminal justice and criminology, including scholarly resources.

This database uses the EBSCO platform, which means that you can also save your items of interest to Google Drive, use the citation feature, print or email your articles, and do advanced searching.

If you have a topic related to criminal justice, policing, or human rights, this is a great place to begin your research.

If you need help using the databases, contact the librarians at libref@elgin.edu or via chat or text (847-999-0403).

-Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Resource Spotlight: LGBTQ+ Source

LGBTQ+ Source (formerly LGBT Life with Full Text) 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.

There are also many resources available on our LGBTQ Research guide.

See this blog post for more resources in recognizing Pride Month in June.

-Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Resource Spotlight: NoveList Plus

NoveList Plus is a database owned by the ECC Library that provides reading recommendations for both fiction and nonfiction (reviews of factual books for faculty curriculum: this is the “Plus”). You have access to this resource at http://library.elgin.edu/ under Article Databases: click on “N.” You may be asked for your AccessECC ID and password.

NoveList Plus has become well known for “Read-alikes.” If a student says, “I only read Stephen King.” Well, go to:

and enter “Stephen King.” Up will pop up several alternative authors that the student might like: in this case King’s son, Joe Hill, Neil Gaiman, Peter Straub, and Dan Simmons. Perhaps more importantly, the reader can learn that their genres (or category of reading) that they like are under Horror and/or Fantasy Fiction. In addition, they will find an article about why readers like this author. Where to go next?


in the following:

and then click:

How do I get to books for nonfiction subjects? On the left-hand side of the page under Recommended Reads Lists, Click on Nonfiction. It should default to:

Then you can choose from categories such as:

Best of 2019 Nonfiction
Includes popular culture, travel writing, global affairs, and more.

Biography & Memoir
Includes categories such as Extraordinary Women, African American Life Stories, Life, Faith, Spirituality, and other interesting topics.

Learn more about the Greatest Generation, Invention and Discovery, Historical Women, and Indigenous Histories as well as other topics.

Nature & Science
Categories covered include About your Brain, Mega Tech, That’s Wild, and additional topics.

For more in-depth help with the resource, take a look at our NoveList Plus Research Guide!

–Written by Mary Spevacek, Reference/Instruction Librarian

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.

From https://jomi.com/about

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

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!

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:

Resource Spotlight: Ethnic News Watch

Ethnic News Watch is a database that covers both current and past newspapers, magazines, and journals from ethnic, minority, and native presses. The complete collection also includes the module Ethnic NewsWatch: A History™, which provides historical coverage of Native American, African American, and Hispanic American periodicals from 1959-1989.

This full-text collection covers more than 2.5 million articles from over 340 publications. It is a great place to research on topics related to:

  • Ethnic groups
  • Minorities
  • Multi-cultural
  • Human rights
  • Activism
  • …and individual ethnicities from around the globe
–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Research Spotlight: Biography in Context

According to the website, Biography In Context includes more than 650,000 biographical entries covering international figures from all time periods and areas of study. Providing coverage of the most searched and studied people, Biography In Context includes over 4,500 portal pages on contemporary and historical figures. It offers authoritative reference content alongside videos, audio selections, images, primary sources, and magazine and journal articles from hundreds of major periodicals and newspapers.

Biographies are great ways to learn about history and the context of what makes a person who they are or were. With Gale’s extensive other resources (Science in Context, Opposing Viewpoints, Academic OneFile, or Gale Virtual Reference Library), you can explore a topic and an individual in varied ways, all building to a better understanding of their role in their field and in the greater world.

At the end of the biography entry is further reading citations, which you may find in the ECC library, at your public library, or can obtain through Interlibrary Loan.

Give Biography in Context a try next time you are researching!

-Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Research Spotlight: Immigration Law & Policy

This comprehensive resource allows you to search the full text of current and historical law, decisions, CFR Title 8 & US Code Title 8, hearings, Supreme Court briefs, and more. The researcher can search a key term, or browse sections by title.

A sample search for DACA reveals a vast array of primary documents and supporting materials, including FAQs, hearings, briefs, and Congressional Research Reports. These materials can be essential in understanding these complex legal topic.

When off campus, simply use your AccessECC ID and password to log in. If you need help using the database, contact the library and librarians and we are happy to get you started.

Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Resource spotlight: AHFS Consumer Medical Information

This database includes information on over 1,000 prescription drugs and is a recognized standard for patient drug information. Information is available in both English and Spanish.

For example, a search for clomiphene provides information on the drug, including usage, precautions, dietary concerns, side effects, and more.

As well as being an incredible resource for our students and faculty in the health sciences area, any student wanting to know more about a certain drug in their own personal lives can also refer to this trusted resource to assist in understanding the risks and how it works in the body.

If you need assistance in navigating this database, please contact the library at 847-214-7354 or libref@elgin.edu.