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Census 2020: What You Always Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask

The library has a new guide called Census 2020, compiling resources in both English and Spanish, answering your questions and stressing the importance of your participation in the U.S. Census.

Did you know that the Census:

*Is mandated by the Constitution?

*Helps determine representation in the House of Representatives?

* Can change how the boundaries to districts are drawn in your area?

See Census 101 for more.

The guide has direct links to the U.S. Census site, as well as resources such as books, databases, and websites.

You will want to be sure to participate! Your information is confidential, but can be important as to monies received from the government toward important services and programs in your community.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

New research guide: Suicide Awareness

There is a new research guide available to faculty, staff, and students that focuses on suicide awareness and prevention.

This guide is listed under both Psychology and under Current Events and Controversial Issues in the Research Guides.

Mary Grimm and Vinnie Cascio from the Wellness staff assisted with reviewing the guide for the content and provided resources. Note that on the ECC Wellness Services tab they provided a link to a free screening tool that they just launched through their department. 

This guide should be helpful for those with topics on suicide and also for those needing to explore resources and get help. 

If you have suggestions to add to the research guide (links to resources, organizations, and other useful information), please email us at libref@elgin.edu.

New books at the ECC Library!

Check out (get it??) a sampling of the books that have just arrived! Click the link for location information, description, and availability.

New books arrive every week–search our library’s catalog from our website for new and old favorites.

Vikings: Facts and Fictions

Pastry School: 100 Step by Step Recipes

Throwaway Nation: The Ugly Truth About American Garbage

Luisa Now and Then

Doing Justice

K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches

Factfulness:  ten reasons we’re wrong about the world – and why things are better than you think

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

The Robots are Coming: the future of jobs in the age of automation

How Schools Work

Feminism Unfinished

Building Reuse

Aristotle’s Way

*Images courtesy of Amazon.com

3 new EBSCO databases available for faculty, students & staff

The ECC Library has added in three new, exciting databases to our comprehensive collection!

Chicano Database : This database contains over 2,400 journals going back to the 1900s, focusing on the Mexican-American and Chicano experience, as well as the broader Latino experience of Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans and Central American immigrants from 1992 onwards.

Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text: This database is the leading full-text resource for criminal justice and criminology research. Over 320 full text magazines and journals are covered. Subjects include forensic sciences, corrections, policing, criminal law and investigation.

LGBT Life with Full Text: This 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.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Resource Spotlight: Alexander Street Theatre in Video

Covering documentaries and performances for some of the most prominent plays in the 20th century and beyond, this resource provides unique content, including many new performances from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre collection (Opus Arte), Theatre Arts Films, the BBC, and TMW Media Group.

You can browse the collection by discipline, such as diversity, history, music, or science. In addition to videos and audio, there are over 8,800 books and documents to explore.

Unique to this database is the ability to make a clip or playlist–this can be helpful for students when wanting to highlight a piece as part of a paper or project, or for faculty to include as part of a lesson or use in D2L.

If you haven’t tried this resource, take a look at all it has to offer!

You will need to have an activated Student ID to view this content from off campus. Contact 847-214-7337 to activate your ID.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

For faculty (and students!) Two new databases

ECC Library has two new databases available for students and faculty to use for both research and for reading recommendations.

Biography in Context:  Biography In Context (Gale) includes more than 650,000 biographical entries covering international figures from all time periods and areas of study. There are also videos, audio selections, images, primary sources, and magazine and journal articles from hundreds of major periodicals and newspapers.

NoveList Plus: NoveList Plus (EBSCO) has reading recommendations for both fiction and nonfiction. It includes reviews from professionals (Booklist, Kirkus, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal), as well as from readers (via Goodreads).

If you need assistance getting started with these databases, let us know at libref@elgin.edu.

Resource Spotlight: Bloomberg QuickTakes in CREDO Reference

As part of the CREDO Reference database, you now have access to Bloomberg QuickTakes, which are billed as “hard to explain topics, explained simply.”  This is a great place to go to get a basic and reliable explanation of an issue.

Once you do a search on the topic of your choice, if there is a QuickTake for the topic, it will appear under the left sidebar, under Filter Your Search: Real Time Reference:


Here is an example of an explanation of Bitcoin.

QuickTakes are not available on every topic; however, CREDO Reference itself has a great number of definitions and encyclopedic entries that can help you understand a topic.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian, with contributions from Marge Schildknecht, Public Services Librarian