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For Faculty: Find a Journal

Full Text Finder is a service you would use if you want to know if a magazine or journal article can be found in its entirety (full text) through our library’s collection.  Many of these journals also allow you to create an RSS Feed and/or Create an Alert, so you can keep up with the latest articles in your discipline.

Find Full Text Finder on the Article Databases webpage, by choosing “F” on the alphabetical list. It is also located under the Research drop down box on our home page under Find a Specific Journal.

To use Full Text Finder, simply type in the title you want to search.FTF search

Once you search the title, if the title is available in our collections, you will get a screen like this, with your link to the full text access:FTF results

You can also browse the journals by discipline (subject area). Click on the subject you want to explore, such as Biology, History, Marketing, etc:FTF discipline


If you need help using this tool or finding out if we carry a particular title, please contact us!


July is National Culinary Arts Month!



Here are some highlighted resources for our culinary arts students and faculty in honor of Culinary Arts Month!

Research Guides: these guides help students focus on the resources they need most for their research, including books, websites, and databases.

Magazines in the library (available for checkout):

  • Chef
  • Bon Appetit
  • Cooking Light
  • Cook’s Illustrated
  • Food Magazine
  • Saveur

Online trade publications:


Plunkett Research: Find market research, industry Statistics, trends and in-depth analysis of companies, including industries such as Hotels & Travel, Green Technology, International Companies, Retailing, and Sports.

Gale Virtual Reference Library: Contains many works related to food, such as Food: In Context, Career Opportunities in the Food and Beverage Industry, and Encyclopedia of Food and Culture.

Ebrary: Search by a term such as culinary, cuisine or cooking for many culinary works, from the scholarly to the practical.

Print books:

These books are available in our library.  Click here to view a list of books under the subject of Cooking. We also have cookbooks by well-known chefs, including Bobby Flay, Ina Garten, Emeril, Rachael Ray, Julia Child, Jacques Pepin, and more.

Selected works:beatenseared

Beaten, Seared, and Sauced: On Becoming a Chef at the Culinary Institute of America

Vegan Vegetarian Omnivore

1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die


The Making of a Chef

The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African-American Cookbooks

100million100 Million Years of Food

Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

Professional Baking

Kings of Pastry (DVD)

*All covers courtesy of Amazon.com



–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Resource Spotlight: 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.

Want to be Interviewed and Make Your Voice Heard?


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You have an opportunity this spring to share your research experiences and feelings about conducting research with one of ECC’s librarians.

My name is Jen. I am working on a research project about how students look for information and their feelings about doing that searching. These anonymous interviews will be a deeper look into the campus community about how our students seek information and how we can incorporate what I learn into further support for students in their classes.

The interview will be about 30-45 minutes long and scheduled at your convenience. In appreciation for your time, I will have a $5 ECC cafeteria gift card to present to you at the end of the interview.

I hope you will consider participating!

If you have any other questions or want to sit down for a discussion with me, please contact me at 847-214-7666 or jschlau@elgin.edu.



–Submitted by Jennifer Schlau, Reference Librarian

Need election information? Check out these FREE resources


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 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.


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.


(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

Resource Spotlight: Finding information by Subject

It’s easy to be overwhelmed…the library has over 80 databases full of information on all subjects!  But what if you are not sure where to start your research?

Your best bet is to search by subject.

To search for online articles on a certain subject:

  • Click on the Article Databases link from the library’s webpage
  • Click the drop down box that says All SubjectsSubject db
  • Click on your subject area
  • Your list of the best databases for that subject will appear; you can choose from those databases to begin your search.

To search for a book in the library’s catalog:

  • Go to the library’s webpage
  • Click the drop down box that says Keyword and choose SubjectSubject books
  • Type in a general subject
  • Click Submit
  • This works best for general subjects (business, childhood education, etc.) Library subject headings are very specific so if you don’t get a good selection, try looking up a book and then click on the subject listed on the book entry’s record:

Subject record

As always, contact the library if you have questions or need help!