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New Research Guide: Undocumented Students and DACA

DacaGuideUnder the category “Current Events & Controversial Issues,” the library has created this Research Guide on “Undocumented Students and DACA” or “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals”. The guide includes a four minute video (second tab) about this immigration program created by Obama in 2012, as well as information to keep informed on current government policies that appear to be threatening the status of the program. 

Tabs include information and articles specific to DACA, links to local and national legal resources (including Centro de Informatcion in Elgin), links to financial and educational resources, a Google news feed on DACA, and how to contact ECC’s Wellness Services department if you need help.

If you know of other related resources send us your suggestions and we will consider adding them to this informative resource.
Keeping your Future Bright at the ECC Library!


–Submitted by Jana Porter, Reference Librarian

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 to cite? Yes, you do!



Listen to Queen Bey–make your life easier by checking out the options below.





Citing Other Types of Formats (Twitter, Facebook, E-readers)

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.

Don’t forget that you can get personalized citation help from the ECC Librarians. 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, text, phone, and in person.

Citing and collaborating made easier? YES! Try NoodleTools

NoodleTools is an online site that provides “integrated tools for note-taking, outlining, citation, document archiving/annotation, and collaborative research and writing”, similar to using Google Drive.

The library has created a Research Guide to help you effectively use and navigate NoodleTools. Check it out if you need help getting started with NoodleTools!

To create your works cited/bibliography, you will need to create a free account through the library’s website here.  Then create a project and add your citations, either by typing them into the correct fields (author, title, etc.), or by cutting/pasting them from the database source. This tab in the Research Guide walks you through the specific process of creating and printing your works cited/bibliography.

If you need a quick tutorial, come to the library and talk with one of the librarians.  We are located in Building C, or contact us for more information.

Citing got you down? We can help!

Courtesy of someecards.com

The library provides quick access to citation guides through the library’s home page. Click on Citing Sources to see what’s available.

Here are the quick links to each citation style:

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Access to the different types of citations (books, periodicals, electronic, etc.) can be found on the LEFT sidebar. Also available are in-text guidelines and sample papers.

If you need assistance, please contact the library at 847-214-7354, text 847-999-0403, chat, or libref@elgin.edu.  Or stop on by Building C–we would be glad to assist you!

Need an item we don’t own? 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!

  1. Go to the Interlibrary Loan webpage.
  2. Read the Interlibrary Loan policies before submitting your request.
  3. Fill out your Borrower Info, then fill out the form for either Book/Audio/Video request, or for Journal Article. 

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

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

Essential ingredients to college success

Courtesy of Amazon.com

The transition to college can be overwhelming in many respects.

The ECC Library is here to help you find quality information about the college process and your assignments! The Community College of Rhode Island provides study tips, tips on choosing a major, and links to scholarships. ECC has a great advising and wellness team that places helping you be successful as its number one priority.

At the Library, we have books such as College Study: The Essential Ingredients to learn ways to successfully acclimate to college. You can look up searches for subjects from study skills (pictured below) to concentration (listed as Attention).Subject_Search

For those of you in College 101 working on your chapbooks, make sure to use the COL 101 Research Guide as a starting point.

It has basic searching tips and offers suggested databases. The Librarians may have different database suggestions depending on the exact nature of your concept.

If you have further questions about our resources and research help, contact the librarians–we are here to get you started on the right path to success!

–Submitted by Jen Schlau, Reference Librarian