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Library closed for Memorial Day Weekend


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The library will be closed for Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 26- Monday, May 28,  2018.  We will re-open at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29. 

Please click here for regular library hours.


Summer Hours for ECC Library

summer watermelon

The ECC Library will have the following hours during the summer months:

May 18-May 31

8:00 a.m.-5:oo p.m.

June 4- August 9
7:30 a.m. -10:00 p.m.

Saturday/Sunday May 19 & 20 and May 26 & 27

CLOSED Fridays-Sundays
June 1-August 5

Also closed Monday, May 28 for Memorial Day and Wednesday, July 4, for Independence Day.

Please contact the Circulation Desk if you have any questions at 847-214-7337.  Hours and closures can also be found on our website.

Librarian Armando Trejo awarded $10,000 grant

jesse white and armando trejo

Armando Trejo (right) with Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White  has awarded Armando Trejo, Archivist/Interlibrary Loan Librarian and the Elgin Community College Renner Academic Library a FY2018 grant for $10,356.00 in support of The Gil Renner Collection: Insight into the Genesis of the Illinois Community College System.

Thank you to Armando for his great commitment to ECC and to library service and access!

Ideas to help you de-stress during finals week

Studying for finals, finishing up a paper, parents coming for graduation–all of these things can make you feel oh so stressed!

We all know that it is important for our mental and physical health to handle stress in a positive way. This article from Life Hack by Tiffany Mi provides “40 Simple and Brilliant Ways” to help de-stress. Here are some other ways that maybe you haven’t thought of and would like to give it a try

1. Do a crossword or Sudoku. Maybe even old school, with a pencil and paper. Use a pen if you have mad skills.


2. Watch something nostalgic that reminds you of good times. Whether this is finding old episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Twin Peaks, or The Office, or viewing your favorite movie, it is guaranteed to take your mind of your stresses and put you in a better mood to get down to homework later.


Image courtesy of Ultimate Comic Con

3. Play a card or board game. This is fun to do with your kids or with friends. What Do You Meme? or Cards Against Humanity are fun for adults, but anyone can play Apples to Apples or The Logo Board Game. The laughter that ensues is a great stress reliever.

4. Disconnect from your social media. Just reading about the world’s woes can start to raise the blood pressure. Take a day (or if you can’t take it, at least several hours) and try something off the grid. Unless you are looking at cute kitten pictures (#cutekittens). Then you get a pass.

cute kitten


5. Finally, set small daily goals. Don’t decide that you are going to study for your exam for 8 hours, finish two papers, AND volunteer for 4 hours. Guess what? You will feel too overwhelmed, and become even more stressed. Look at your online calendar and SCHEDULE a time each day for both work and play during the final crunch.


What are your favorite ways to de-stress during finals (or any time)? Reply in the comments below!

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Don’t stress about citing!

stressMake your life easier by checking out the citing guide options below.




NoodleTools is an online tool that can assist you in organizing your research, including notecards, sharing, and creating your bibliography/works cited page. See the NoodleTools Research Guide for step-by-step instructions.

The Write Place offers writing assistance. They are located in Building B, Room B274. Any student or ECC employee can use this service.  Stop by Building B, Room B274, or call 847-214-7480 for information. Hours:  Monday  and Tuesday 9 am to 7 pm (closed from 3 to 4 pm), Wednesday and Thursday 9 am to 6 pm (closed from 3 to 4 pm) and Friday 10 am to 1 pm.

Don’t forget that you can also get personalized citation help from the ECC Librarians. We are available during all of our library hours (many nights until 10 p.m.) and have experience in the various formats.  Contact us by email, chat, text, phone, and in person.

Free quiet! Get a room…

group study….a study room!

Need a peaceful, quiet study space?  Want to work on a group project?  The library’s study rooms are the answer!

Study rooms:

  • Are checked out on your library account at the library’s Circulation Desk on the first floor;
  • Cannot be reserved: they are first come, first served, for three hour increments (you and the key must stay in the library during your 3 hour check-out period);
  • May contain flat screens that can be hooked up to a laptop;
  • On the first floor contain large whiteboards.  Other rooms may have small whiteboards;
  • Come in various sizes, so rooms can accommodate as few as 1-2 people, and up to 10 people.

Contact the Circulation Desk for more information or come to the library to check one out! If you have other questions, check out the library’s FAQ on study spaces here.

Resource Spotlight: PsycArticles & PsycInfo

When students have research to do for psychology class and they need high quality, credible, academic information, they turn to PsycArticles & PsycInfo. But have you considered other aspects of your topic that may have a psychological component?

For example:

  • You may be doing business research on marketing to certain segments of the population. PsycArticles may have research on buying habits and the psychological basis for them.
  • Maybe you are working on a paper on coaching in sports. If you are taking an approach that discusses the role of coach and parents, PsycInfo may have some good information on how that dynamic plays a role in the success of the athlete.

The difference between the two is that PsycArticles contains full text professional psychology journals, whereas PsycInfo has a more comprehensive overview of psychology research and may be full text, abstracts, or just citations.

To use these databases, go to the Article Databases link on the library’s webpage. The databases are in alphabetical order, or you can click on the “P” to jump to those databases.

You will need your Student ID activated as your library card to use these databases from off campus. If you need assistance using the database, please contact the library.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian