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Check out one of our print magazines!

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Our print magazine collection includes over 100+ titles such as: Bon Appetit, Money, Essence, Latina, Entertainment Weekly, Yoga Journal, Modern Farmer, Newsweek, Radiologic Technology and many more.

The policies for this collection are as follows:

  • Only previous (back) issues circulate (the current issue stays in the library)
  • The checkout period is 7 days, with no renewal

Daily newspapers are still in library use only.

Remember that we have over 68,000 full text magazines available through our online databases. Click on Article Databases from the library’s webpage for a full list of options.

Questions about checking out magazines? Contact the Circulation Desk at 847-214-7337.

Resource Spotlight: ebrary

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Ebrary
is an online e-book database that offers access to a wide variety of topics including: anthropology, business, computers, education, English, fine arts, history, language, law, psychology, religion, science, and social sciences.

The database offers the flexibility to browse by topic or search for a specific term.  These e-books offer authoritative resources from trusted publishers, and allow you to access the full text of these books right from your home!

Check out this New Reader Overview video to learn more!

For faculty (and your students!): Interlibrary Loan

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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.

New Research Guide: Multicultural Literature for Children and Adults

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Looking for multicultural materials to read to your children or for your assignments?  We now have a new Research Guide that provides links to works of fiction, nonfiction, article databases, ebooks, and websites.

Some of the authors included are: Virginia Hamilton, Walter Dean Myers, Phil Mendez, Kwame Alexander, Ruby Bridges, Martin Luther King, John Lewis, Gwendolyn Brooks, and many more.

There are also links to the Pura Belpré Award and Coretta Scott King Book Awards, as well as other sites to help you explore multicultural literature.

Special thanks to Tina Birkholz for compiling this guide!

–Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Need something we don’t have? Try Interlibrary Loan!

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.

How do I do it?
It is easy! Watch this video:

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.

Smarter Google Searching

googlelogo_color_284x96dpSearching Google is easy, right?  You just type in your word into the pretty white box and get 40 billion awesome results (NOT!)

We are going to make your life easier by providing these Top 5 Tips to smarter Google Searching.  Feel free to share your own tips in the comments!

  1. Quotation Marks 
    For example: “higher education” instead of higher education. This will narrow your results and allow the computer to search for the phrase.
  2. Boolean operators: AND and OR 
    AND is the default for Google searching, so when you add terms to your search, it will keep narrowing your focus.
    OR is a way to expand your search if you keep hitting dead ends. For example: higher education OR college OR university. Good for synonymous terms.
  3.  Site (domain) search: keyword + site:extension or name 
    For example, a search for children “mentally ill parents” site:gov
    will filter out most other site extensions and bring back government websites (.gov). This allows you to target one type of website as you search. You can also specify a specific site such as:
    anxiety site:Mayo Clinic to just retrieve results from the Mayo Clinic website.
  4. Google Scholar
    If you’re unsure where to start this can be a good starting point that directs you to scholarly resources. Sometimes you will get full text available through the library on this site as well. Not everything will be in full text.
  5. Advanced Search
    This tool is also great when you are looking for a specific source as it has a field for “all these words” as well as a field for “this exact word or phrase”.

Need election information? Check out these FREE resources

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Photo from the New Orleans branch of the NAACP

 Election time is coming down to the wire!  Still confused? Try some of these great resources to help you be aware and informed.  Don’t forget to register and VOTE!

The ECC Library has created a Voting 2016 Research Guide devoted to the upcoming elections. This guide provides a one-stop place to access voting information, polling places, elected officials, and more. Some of the sites included are listed below.

Analysis

VoteSmart: Their mission says it all: “to provide free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials to ALL Americans.”

OpenSecrets: A nonpartisan guide that traces how money influences America’s elections and policies.

PolitiFact: Statements are examined by reporters and researchers and given the Truth-O-Meter test. A nice place to see who is stretching the truth, or telling lies, and how.

FactCheck: From their mission statement: to “monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.”

PolicyMap: This open part of their subscription services allows users to map data all over the country on topics such as housing, economy, education, health, and more.

Databases

(you will need your library card activated to use the databases off campus)

CQ Researcher: This database covers a lot of information: current and historical.  It provides in depth reports on important issues and is a great place to go for a good compilation of facts on a topic.

Opposing Viewpoints: Covers controversial topics and gives you the pro/con to each side of the debate.

U.S. Election information

U.S. Election Commission: Provides information on the upcoming elections, including voter registration information.

C-SPAN video library: Watch videos related to various C-SPAN programs, including a special Campaign 2016 section.

Can I Vote?: This site will quickly tell you if you are registered to vote, or what you need to become a registered voter.

Ballotopedia: A free online encyclopedia of American Politics.

Local voting information

Kane County Elections

Cook County Elections

Voting information outside of Kane and Cook Counties:

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian