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ECC Librarian Jen Schlau participates in two conference presentations

Jen1Adjunct Librarian Jen Schlau participated in two conferences in October 2018. Her first session was a poster at the Illinois Library Association’s Annual Conference in Peoria, Illinois. The second was a presentation with an ECC English faculty member at the Writing on the Edge Conference at College of DuPage. This is a conference put together by English as a Second Language and English adjuncts for adjuncts.

Jen was a participant in the 2016-2017 Faculty Research Community at ECC. The research community has a cohort of faculty work on research projects for an academic year. While ultimately independently working on a project, the cohort meets together several times each semester to discuss progress and receive support. Jen’s project is titled “Sitting Down with a Librarian: Semi-Structured Research Interviews”. She interviewed sixteen ECC students about how they conduct research and how the ECC campus supports them in doing so. Students in some cases also shared some great ideas about how we can further assist students in their learning and searching skills! More information about participating in the Faculty Research Community and other projects is available at the FRC’s website.


Her second presentation shared her collaboration on teaching media bias and fake news with an ECC English faculty member. The instructor worked on a current news or issue writing assignment, and Jen developed and taught a lesson plan on helping the students critically read news information and judge news sources. Jen was able to share her knowledge working on this presentation, and she also got some excellent future directions for teaching this topic as well!

Jen can be reached for questions at the Reference Desk (Building C, libref@elgin.edu, or 847-214-7354) at the ECC Library or her individual email (jschlau@elgin.edu or 847-214-7666).

Resource Spotlight: Primary Resources

Primary and secondary resources are both important parts of the research process. Primary resources can provide you with a first-hand account of an event as it happened and give you immediate reaction uncolored by distance from the event.

This video explains primary and secondary resources:

The ECC Library subscribes to many resources that have a primary resource focus. To this end, we have created a Primary Sources Research Guide which will walk you through books, databases, newspapers, and more available to you free.

Some to check out:

Librarians are happy to help you navigate or explore these resources; contact us!
–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Libraries Lead: Celebrate National Library Week: April 8-14, 2018

National Library Week Banner

The National Library Week 2018 celebration will mark the 60th anniversary of the first event, sponsored in 1958.

Today’s libraries lead their communities and transform lives every day. From education to job resources to lifelong learning, your library provides access to the programming and services you need to you reach your potential and grow as

National Library Week colora leader. National Library Week is April 8-14—visit your ECC Library or your local public library today!

Celebrations during National Library Week include:

Confused about “Fake News”? We have thoughts…and resources!

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Libraries and librarians are and have always been integral in helping people find balanced, reliable information and evaluating that information for credibility. Rather than using the terms “Fake News”, we like to say “Thinking Critically About the News”, because the idea of “fake” can cover everything from parody, satire, lying, unintentional misinformation, and even news that is biased but contains truth.

Our Thinking Critically About the News Research Guide  (found under Current Events & Controversial Issues) provides reliable and vetted sites to help faculty and students explore the issue of “fake” news and practice their evaluation skills. The guide includes information on bias, exercises, fact checking, a news feed, and more. ” It was created by Library Intern Angela Bouque and compiled and curated by ECC Librarians.

For questions, comments, and additions, or to schedule a library instruction session, please contact the Library Reference Desk at 847-214-7354 or email libref@elgin.edu.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Freedom of Information Day Celebrated March 16

Celebrated on President James Madison’s birthday (one of the Fathers of the Constitution and Bill of Rights), this date is celebrated each year to celebrate and encourage openness of government with the people.

This playlist from the Department of Justice, explains what the Freedom of Information Act is and provides a detailed look at FOIA.


–Written by Maria Bagshaw, with contributions by Kristina Howard

Resource Spotlight: Lexis Nexis Academic News

Lexis newsThe ECC Library’s Lexis Nexis Database contains three types of searchable subjects: News, Company Info, and Legal information.  Today we want to focus on some great aspects of the News portion of the database.

Lexis’ News offers over 2,300 newspaper resources and provides a global perspective. Highlights include:

  • Today’s Front page news-international perspectives on what is happening today
  • Hot Topics Links– recent information on topics, updated continually to be current up to 3 weeks

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  • Web news (separate tab in results list)-this tab (highlighted above) links out to over 300 web news sources not included in the newspaper subscriptions through Lexis.

Once you have identified a resource, you have convenient options for saving and citing that resource.Lexis tech

  • The first three icons are for printing, emailing, and saving.
  • The open book icon is to cite the resource.  You have the choice of MLA, APA, and Chicago style.
  • The cloud and arrow icon is to upload your result(s) to either Dropbox or to Google Drive.

The Lexis Nexis database has so much more to offer!  If you want to learn more, contact the librarians.

–Maria Bagshaw, Reference Librarian


Kane County Chronicle now available at the ECC Library

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The library now has a subscription to the Kane County Chronicle.  We will be receiving this local paper from Tuesday through Saturday each week.  This subscription joins the other print newspapers in our browsing collection such as  the New York Times, Daily Herald, Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Tribune, and more.  We also have online newspapers available through our website.

The Kane County Chronicle includes local news, prep sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classifieds, and crime news.

Stop by Building C and check out our newspaper and magazine browsing collections today!

Women’s History Month

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Photo by angela7dreams

ECC Library celebrates Women’s History month during the month of March with a Question Fest! Test your knowledge of Women’s History and win great prizes. Keep your eye out for further details!


Elgin Community College Library is now blogging about news, events, and useful resources and information.

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