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Freedom of Information Day is March 16!

Celebrated on President James Madison’s birthday (one of the Fathers of the Constitution and Bill of Rights), this date is celebrated each year to celebrate and encourage openness of government with the people.

This video from the Department of Justice, explains what the Freedom of Information Act is and provides a detailed look at FOIA.

To share on social media, use #FreedomOfInformationDay.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw

Library will be closed during Spring Recess


Anita Martinz from Klagenfurt, Austria

The ECC library will be closed from Monday, March 26-Sunday, April 1. We will reopen at 7:45 a.m. on Monday, April 2.
Make sure your library card is activated so you have 24/7 access to our online resources over break by contacting the Circulation Desk at 847-214-7337 or circdesk@elgin.edu. 
Have a safe and relaxing break!

Resource Spotlight: Research Guides

Research Guides are online guides that provide quick access to databases, websites, books, ebooks and other resources on a given topic or for a specific class or assignment. Research Guides are a great starting point for your research, and have been created in consultation with your instructor.

It does what it says: it “guides your research” to the best sources to begin with on that topic. Guides are set up with tabs that lead you to subtopics within that guide, such as article databases, websites, books/ ebooks, citing, choosing a topic, search strategies, and more.


To get started, click on Research Guides on the main library webpage.

Research Guide1

Find your topic on the alphabetical list. Then explore the guides either by the subject area or the guide created for your particular class. It’s that easy!

Research Guide2

To use resources off campus, you will need to activate your student ID with the Circulation Desk (847-214-7337 or circdesk@elgin.edu.)

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

National Women’s History Month begins March 1!

NeverthelessThis year’s theme for National Women’s History Month is “NEVERTHELESS SHE PERSISTED: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms
of Discrimination Against Women.”  
From the National Women’s History Project:

Fighting all forms of discrimination against women takes persistence. The 2018 honorees have all gotten the message to stop, either directly or indirectly, yet they have all continued to fight and succeeded in bringing positive change to the lives of diverse American women.

You can find more about the honorees and nominees here.

Additional Resources on women and politics:

Democracy: Stories of the Long Road to Freedom
America by the Numbers: The New Deciders (DVD)
Eleanor Roosevelt
Women on the Run: Gender, Media, and Political Campaigns in a Polarized Era
Florynce “Flo” Kennedy: The Life of a Black Feminist Radical 
Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography
What Women Want: An Agenda for the Women’s Movement
The President’s Wives: The Office of the First Lady
Makers: Women Who Make America (DVD)
Off the Sidelines: Raise your Voice, Change the World 
When Does Gender Matter?
Desert Rose: The Life and Legacy of Coretta Scott King
Barbara Jordan: Speaking the Truth with Eloquent Thunder

As part of our Global Issues in Context Database, there is a special section on Women and Children you can explore.  This site provides audio, video, news, biographies and more. As part of our HeinOnline database, there is a section on Women and the Law that you can also explore.

Search our library’s catalog for DVDs, ebooks, and more.

Maria2016(2)–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Stay With Me Book Review

stay with me

Cover courtesy of Amazon.com

Stay With Me
By Ayobami Adebayo
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Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo  is one of Sarah Jessica Parker’s book Club picks.  I love to get a heads up on a book and am happy to pass along my take on it!
There are a lot of subjects covered within the pretty Matisse inspired cover….
Political activism and protest, family pressures, polygamy and betrayal…  It’s all here.  It is heartbreaking, funny and hard to put down.  It’s definitely worth a look!
This work as also shortlisted for 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for FictionFor more information, customer reviews, and editorial reviews, see this page on Amazon.
–Review by Kristyn Yemm Pemrick, Library Clerk

Library closed for President’s Day



By uhuru1701 on Flickr

The library will be closed on Monday, February 19, 2018, in honor of President’s Day.

We will reopen at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

Click here for Spring Semester Hours.


Resource Spotlight: Ethnic News Watch

proquestEthnic 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