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

Fake news pic

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

Lexis webnews

  • 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

Public Domain CC0 from Pixabay

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

Photo by angela7dreams

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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