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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: CQ Researcher

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CQ Researcher is a weekly online magazine – each week has an in-depth report on a topic of current interest and provides award winning in-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day.

You can browse the reports (watch the dates, as reports can go back as far as the 1920s!) or search by a Hot Topic. There is also a Pro/Con section to help you understand both sides of an issue. Reports are detailed and provide a chronology and references.

For help using this resource, see the User Guide or view our quick tutorial:

Resource Spotlight: New York Times Digital Subscription

NYT DigitalThe library has a subscription to the New York Times digital edition This is the web version of the New York Times, rather than a database version. It includes full access to all articles dating back to 1851 right from a mobile device or a computer. You can register to have free, personal access through this new subscription.  Here are the steps:

  • Using a student.elgin.edu or elgin.edu email account, create a personal account for full access to NYT from 1851-present.
  • Account registration works best in a Chrome browser.
  • You only need to register at this link once. After that, you can go directly to nytimes.com and login with your personal account.

Access to the New York Times in text form for student research is still available through the library’s newspaper databases.

Resource Spotlight: Nursing & Allied Health Database

Proquest2This database is just one of the great health databases we offer here at ECC Library.  The Nursing & Allied Health Database via ProQuest includes full text journals and dissertations plus Systematic Reviews, Evidence Summaries, and Best Practice Information Sheets from the Joanna Briggs Institute.

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The default search is a Basic Search. However, the Advanced Search option also lets you restrict your search by population age, sex, and date. You have all the other great functions you have with all our databases, such as citation tools, print options, emailing, etc.

One of the strengths of this database is that it provides MeSH headings (Medical Subject Headings) for each result. These can also be searched in the Advanced Search option. MeSH provide a controlled vocabulary that you can use for research, which can help you retrieve the most relevant results, and can also provide you with additional keywords when searching other databases and the internet.  For example, when you search for scholarly sources in the medical field, those sources are most likely to use the formal term, such as NEOPLASMS, rather than the popular term of CANCER. MeSH can help you determine what those terms may be.

From the U.S. National Library of Medicine site:

Many synonyms, near-synonyms, and closely related concepts are included as entry terms to help users find the most relevant MeSH descriptor for the concept they are seeking. In NLM’s online databases, many terms entered by searchers are automatically mapped to MeSH descriptors to facilitate retrieval of relevant information.

If you want help using the Nursing and Allied Health database or any of our databases, please contact the library’s Reference Desk at 847-214-7354 or libref@elgin.edu.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Best Product Review Sites

control-3312776_1280We polled our librarians and library staff for their best product review sites. Although many of us are familiar with Consumer Reports and Amazon, there are often other sites you only hear about through word of mouth.  So from our mouths to yours…

Consumer Reports: This old standby still stands the test of time. You can get to the full text free through the library here (search Consumer Reports), with lots of back issues to explore. Here are two places below you can see years back to the 1980s.

Angie’s List: This review site focuses on the product of SERVICES provided by a company. A great place to see local information if you aren’t sure where to begin.

Good Housekeeping Product Reviews: Go here for beauty, clothing, fitness, appliances, garden, and more. See if your favorite gets the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval!

Amazon: Anyone can write reviews of products, and some are pretty fun (and tongue-in- cheek) to read. You can see their review policies here.

Wirecutter: This site’s “recommendations are made through vigorous reporting, interviewing, and testing by teams of veteran journalists, scientists, and researchers.” More rigorous than some sites, it’s a great place to try for electronics and gadgets, but has so much more.

Top Ten Reviews: Per their site, “for over 14 years, we’ve been one of the largest and most comprehensive product review sites on the web, with tens of thousands of reviews and rankings in categories” that include services, software, business, electronics, and more.

BestReviews: Another good site that does testing and doesn’t accept free products.  They compare the top products in thousands of categories to give you reliable purchasing advice.

Cnet.com: A great place to go for tech reviews (oldie but still a goodie!).

Both Edmunds.com and Consumerguide.com are stellar for a car search and give pros, cons, and specs.

There are many review sites available, from the general to specific. For example, here is an article discussing the Top 28 Product Review sites for Online Marketers.  Consumersearch.com aggregates reviews from many different review sites (so you can find what Wirecutter and Good Housekeeping both say about salad spinners!)

As with all information, it is important to do your homework before committing to a decision! Try out some of these sites to make yourself a savvy consumer!

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, with contributions by ECC Librarians & Staff

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