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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

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.

Welcome back virtually! We are glad to see you!

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We hope everyone is well and ready to learn. Know that we are here to help! Our librarians will be online to assist you with all our resources and can guide you to how to get started.

Use our Chat feature to ask us any questions, or you can email us at libref@elgin.edu.

Here are a couple links to get you started if you need to find research. Remember to use your AccessECC ID and password to access resources from off campus.

-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!

Interlibrary loan: the free service you need for research and life

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What is Interlibrary Loan:

Interlibrary Loan is the process by which the library will request materials not available in our own collection. Items are delivered to the library and you can pick them up and check them out just like any other library item. Items are usually free.

Why you should care:
This means that you can get just about any item you want, from any library, without having to try to find it yourself, for free.

The service includes books, journal articles, DVDs, videos, and other materials.

Plan ahead–sometimes items  can come quickly, but giving a week to 10 days for the item is a good rule of thumb.

Need to use it?
You can find the policies and form here.

For questions, contact Armando Trejo, Archives/Interlibrary Loan Librarian at (847) 214-7141.

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.

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

Student planners are in!

Start your year off right by getting your time management on the right track!

The ever-popular student planners are available FREE to students around campus. The library has planners at the Circulation Desk, and both Reference Desks (1st and 2nd floor). These planners contain the Academic Calendar for the 2019-2020 year, important phone numbers and locations of services, information about courses, planning, transcripts, and Student Life, Student Services, and more.

Thank you Kristy Yemm- Pemrick in Circulation for the idea for the post!

For faculty: FAQs for faculty

Did you know that the library has an FAQ? It is located on our website under How Do I? While the FAQ is open to everyone, we have a special tag for faculty where you can see just the questions that are faculty focused.

Questions include how to schedule a classroom at the library, research appointments, embedded librarians for your online class, and more.

If you have any questions that are not answered in our FAQ, or have questions that you would like to see posted in the FAQ, please contact the Reference Desk at 847-214-7354 or libref@elgin.edu.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian