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New Anti-Racism Research Guide

The library has a new Anti-Racism Resource Guide. This guide is a work in progress and will be added to as new resources are discovered.

In addition, we also have the Social Justice Research Guide and the MAGIC Beyond Awareness Research Guide that have a lot of great related resources.

Reminder that Part 1 of the MAGIC Black Lives Matter series is on Wednesday, June 10th from 2:00-3:30. See below for details!

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

Social Justice Research Guide and resources

The ECC Library has a Social Justice Research Guide that compiles resources on race relations, white privilege, police brutality, LGBTQ, and civil rights. Many of the resources in this guide are available via your AccessECC ID and password. Each area has links to databases, ebooks, and other online resources that can assist in understanding and discussing these issues.

Below is a variety of ebooks that are linked on this guide. Please note that there are many more ebook options available through Ebook Central and other ebook databases. Use your AccessECC ID and password to access.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, with contributions to the guide by Jen Schlau and Mary Spevecek, Reference/Instruction Librarians

June is Pride month!

What is Pride Month?


Pride Month was initially declared by President Clinton in 2000.  The Library of Congress has a wonderful collection of primary materials you can explore as well. From their website:

The Library’s numerous collections contain many books, posters, sound recordings, manuscripts and other material produced by, about and for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. Learn more here.

Wondering about terminology? This site from We are Family provides a glossary of terms that are easy to understand. Here is another, more comprehensive site from It’s Pronounced Metrosexual.


This site (also from It’s Pronounced Metrosexual) has some great, printable graphics that explain various concepts around the categories of gender, sexuality, and social justice.

In the ECC Library:

The library has an LGBTQ+ Research Guide which lists books, articles, websites, and more.

LGBT Life with Full Text from EBSCO is the “definitive database for LGBT studies. It provides scholarly and popular LGBT publications in full text, plus historically important primary sources, including monographs, magazines and newspapers. It also includes a specialized LGBT thesaurus containing thousands of terms. ” This database will be useful for faculty and students alike.

Ebooks: Here is a small selection of Ebooks from Ebook Central. Try searches on gay, lesbian, LGBTQ, queer or other terms for a larger selection. To find other books for Pride month, check out what your local public library has available through their Ebook collections as well.


Our institution protects the rights of our LGBTQ community.  ECC has six gender neutral and family bathrooms and transgender students may utilize those bathrooms to which their gender conforms. These bathrooms are located around campus and can also be used as nursing rooms. The bathrooms labeled “family” can be found in A158, C133, K104, and K159. The bathrooms labeled “unisex” can be found in H139, H140, E100.4 and E216.02.

A new semester can be stressful for any student; however for our Transgender and Non-binary community, entering new classes with new professors can potentially increase anxiety and gender dysphoria.

Students are NOT required to inform their professors unless the student feels comfortable disclosing personal information regarding chosen pronouns and chosen name and wants to be referred to as such in class. Here’s a template you can use to email your professors before classes begin!

 Hello Professor ___________,I am enrolled in your course, (insert official course title/number), meeting on (insert days/times).  I identify as (insert gender identity). My legal name will appear on your course roster as (insert legal name). I have not yet legally changed my name, but would very much appreciate if you would instead refer to / speak to me in class and correspondence by my chosen first name, (insert your chosen name), and with (insert your pronoun) pronoun. I am happy to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to reply to this email address. I am very excited to begin classes and look forward to meeting you. Thank you for acknowledging my gender identity.Best,(Your preferred full name)  

Please contact Wellness Services ECC at studentwellness@elgin.edu if you would like more resources, have questions or encounter any difficulties with this process. We can also provide assistance and information about name changes at the College level and help refer you to proper channels for legal name changes.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian, with assistance from Wellness Services

ECC Library Summer Hours

Image by Couleur from Pixabay 

The library will have librarians and staff online to assist you with questions and research during Summer sessions June 1-August 6:

Monday -Thursday 7:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

CLOSED Friday/Saturday/Sunday May 16-Aug 6

Remember that you have 24/7 access to our library’s online resources through our website. Contact us if you have any questions through email (circdesk@elgin.edu or libref@elgin.educhat, or text (847-999-0403).

Please check back to our social media or blogs on our website or to the main ECC website for any additional information about the reopening of campus.

Virtual library hours for intersession

The library will have librarians and staff online to assist you with questions and research during the following hours between Spring and Summer sessions:

OPEN from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on:

Friday, May 15
Monday, May 18-Friday, May 22
Tuesday, May 26-Thursday, May 28

Memorial Day (May 25) and Friday/Saturday/Sundays May 16-August 6

Remember that you have 24/7 access to our library’s online resources through our website. Contact us if you have any questions through email (circdesk@elgin.edu or libref@elgin.edu) chat, or text (847-999-0403).

The library building is still closed until June 1st per Governor Pritzker’s directive. Please check back to our social media or blogs on our website or to the main ECC website for any additional information about the reopening of campus.

5 Stress Tips for Finals Week (and beyond)

With all the changes happening due to the pandemic, I think most (all?) of us are feeling some extra stress. That is probably an understatement…

These tips will help you to manage stress on a budget and maybe even inject a little fun into your existence.

Yoga and/or meditation: Some research shows that meditation can help with lowering blood pressure. Focusing on yoga poses can also help in clearing your mind and being mindful with your breathing. There are videos on YouTube for free to get you started. *Be careful when practicing yoga if you are new and listen to your body.

Learn a new hobby: Learning something new doesn’t have to add to your productivity or career. Trying a new task can reinvigorate your mind, giving it a rest from the stressful thoughts.

Some ideas:

  • Learn a new language. Try your local public library for their free options first, but if you need to pay, try Duolingo or Babbel.
  • Practice jounaling. While good for the soul anytime, it is really helpful to get your feelings down on paper. Added bonus: helping future generations understand what we went through during this time.
  • Create a vision board. It can be good to think about what the future will be in a positive way. All you need are magazines/newspapers, glue, scissors, and poster board or construction paper. This also works well with motivational and inspirational sayings!
  • Learn to cook something new. It can feel comforting and satisfying to create something yourself. I am enjoying the Bon Appetit Test Kitchen videos for their inspiration and entertainment!

Order comfort food: Our local restaurants are struggling. If you want an evening off from all your great cooking, try to order from a local restaurant who could use your business. Here is a list of places that are doing takeout or delivery in the Elgin area, and here are some ideas for the West Dundee area.

Virtual house party/happy hour: Although we are all probably starting to get burnout from the online meetings, this one can be a fun way to keep in touch with coworkers and family. We find comfort in being able to see loved ones, and it is especially nice for the older people in our lives who may already feel isolated and lonely. There are many options for free to try this out–Popular ones are Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype, and FaceTime (usually available through your iPhone or iPad).

Courtesy of Zoom

Exercise: After all that cooking, ordering of comfort food, and happy hour, don’t neglect your physical health. Now that spring is springing, go out for an early morning or later evening walk to maintain distance. Find a good exercise video series on YouTube and commit to a certain routine for the month. Ride your bike!

And don’t forget to wear your mask and gloves!

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Don’t stress about citing! We have you covered…

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Make 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. For quick citing help, try NoodleTools Express!

The Write Place offers writing assistance.
Cost: Free
Who can use: Students enrolled in credit classes at ECC and ECC employees.
Online support: Complete the online tutoring sign-up form to enroll in online tutoring.

Don’t forget that you can also get personalized citation help from the ECC Librarians. We cannot “check” your paper and sources, but we can lead you in the right direction! 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, and text.

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

May is Mental Health Month


In the era of COVID, we need to pay attention to the mental health of ourselves and others more than ever. Here are some resources to help.

Suggestions for relieving anxiety:

Some suggestions from the podcast This Podcast Will Kill You from their episode on COVID 19-Mental Health:

  • Recognize and validate your anxiety. These are anxious times. It is normal, and anxiety helps you to prepare for the unknown.
  • That said, distinguish between helpful and unhelpful thoughts. If you need to, limit news/media and limit screen time before bed.
  • Seek out reliable information (note some of the links within this post).
  • Accept that times are uncertain. Work to not be anxious or wrapped up in the uncertainty. In this case, seek out the things that are certain to you, such as your values.
  • When looking at your values, find ways to act on them. How can you practice those values (delivering food to a neighbor, writing notes to a nursing home, etc.)
  • Stay on as much of a schedule as you can. Keeping with normal shower, exercise, and meal times can help decrease anxiety and increase feelings of security.
  • Distractions are good. Find time each day to watch a movie, read a book, Zoom with a friend, etc. Just a few minutes of distraction can ease you out of difficult thoughts and calm your mind.
  • Remember that feelings of fear can spread. Put your fears into context; although it may seem that your fear is related, it may be something you don’t have to really be concerned with right now.

In the online ECC Library:

In our ECC Library COVID research guide, we have a specific section leading to reliable resources and articles on mental health and support.

Review our Suicide Awareness Guide for information specific to this topic.

We have many books that can help you explore mental health issues.  You can use key words to look up a specific issue, such as depression, bipolar, anxiety, PTSD, or stress. Go here to search the library’s ebook collections. These two collections are a good place to start:

mental health
Courtesy of Amazon

Springer: This collection has an emphasis on scientific materials, including psychology.

Ebook Central: This database covers many subject areas. Search a specific term for best results.

For articlesPsycArticles is a great place for psychology research.  High quality, academic, peer reviewed articles are available on any psychology topic.


Credible Internet sites:

There are many places online where you can get support if you need it. Here are some options:

  • ADAA.org (Anxiety and Depression Association of America)
  • Illinois Department of Human Services
    • Check out specifically the Illinois Call4Calm Text Line: text TALK to 552020 for English or HABLAR for Spanish. This service is free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • NAMI.org (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
    • Call the NAMI Helpline at 800-950-NAMI or text “NAMI” to 741741 
  • SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
    • National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Through Elgin Community College:

Finally, we have great help right here at ECC: Wellness Services.  They have a lot of support services that they offer students, including one-on-one sessions, support groups, crisis intervention and even a Wellness podcast. They are available to you remotely during this time. Wellness Services are offering scheduled phone sessions. To schedule an appointment with a wellness professional, please contact 847-214-7390 or email your wellness professional directly.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian, with assistance from Jennifer Schlau, Reference/Instruction Librarian