Tag Archives: Special Information

Critical thinking and information literacy

Information literacy has as one of roots critical thinking. Without knowing how to understand types of information (scholarly/popular, primary/secondary) and how to evaluate them, you can have a disadvantage in the classroom and in your future workplace.

Information literacy can encompass ideas such as bias, authorship, currency, evaluation, presentation, synthesis, attribution, and more.

The library has compiled some tools in a research guide to discuss how you think critically about the news, although the tips in there can also cover articles, websites, books, and other information you may want to use in your research.

There’s a great YouTube series called Crash Course: Navigating Digital Information that discusses these concepts. Narrated by John Green (Looking for Alaska, The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns), this series of 10 videos provides a basis for becoming adept at online research. The skills and concepts can also be applied to research in general. Watch the first episode here:

Remember that your librarians also teach about information literacy concepts in the classroom–you may see us in your psychology, sociology, history, art, or other classes.

If you are faculty and you want an instruction session, click here for our online request form.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Suicide Prevention Week is September 8-14

Each year, we provide resources to raise awareness of suicide, provide hope, and save lives.


Library resources: (includes Ebooks available with your AccessECC ID and password)

Other resources:

  • Follow @AASuicidology on Twitter
  • Follow @afspnational on Twitter
  • Follow the hashtag #StopSuicide
  • Contact the ECC Wellness Professionals at 847-214-7390. They have crisis intervention and support groups to assist you.
  • 1-800-SUICIDE  (1-800-784-2433)
  • Depression Hotline (630) 482-9696
  • Para obtener asistencia en español llame al 1-888-628-9454 
–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

For faculty: Course Reserves

The library offers a Course Reserves system whereby faculty request particular items to be  available for a particular class.  The items are available at our Circulation Desk by Instructor or Course.  Students can also search for reserve materials in our library’s catalog.

To place Items on Reserve for Your Students, please follow this procedure:

Go to the Circulation Desk in Building C (Library).

Bring the item you want on Reserve if the item is a personal copy. If it is a library copy, we can get the item for you.

Fill out the form at Circulation with the following information:

  • Faculty name, course name, and title of the item
  • Call number of the item (if any)
  • Choose:
    • Staff Use Only (formerly scheduling). Item will be available only to faculty. Students cannot use or check out.
    • Reserves. Item will be available for students for in library use only. Item may be in use by student when needed by faculty.
  • Choose:
    • Property of faculty member
    • Property of Library

Please allow a minimum of 48 hours processing time for materials already owned by the library.  If you are bringing material of your own for reserve, please allow additional processing time.

Please be aware that use of material must follow copyright guidelines.

For students:

Most items are designated for library use only and cannot be checked out of the library building. Students will also need their Student ID/Library card in order to access any Course Reserve items.

Search to see if your instructor has placed any items on reserve in the library.

If you have any questions about Course Reserves, please contact the Reference Librarians (847-214-7354) or the Circulation Desk (847-214-7337.)

June is Pride Month!

What is Pride Month?


Pride Month was initially declared by President Clinton in 2000.  The Library of Congress has a wonderful collection of primary materials you can explore as well. From their website:

The Library’s numerous collections contain many books, posters, sound recordings, manuscripts and other material produced by, about and for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. Learn more here.

Wondering about terminology? This site from We are Family provides a glossary of terms that are easy to understand. Here is another, more comprehensive site from It’s Pronounced Metrosexual.


This site (also from It’s Pronounced Metrosexual) has some great, printable graphics that explain various concepts around the categories of gender, sexuality, and social justice.

Book awards:

In the ECC Library:

The library has an LGBTQ+ Research Guide which lists books, articles, websites, and more.

Coming soon: JULY 1! A new database called LGBT Life with Full Text from EBSCO ! We are excited to offer this “definitive database for LGBT studies. It provides scholarly and popular LGBT publications in full text, plus historically important primary sources, including monographs, magazines and newspapers. It also includes a specialized LGBT thesaurus containing thousands of terms. ” This database will be useful for faculty and students alike.




Our institution protects the rights of our LGBTQ community.  ECC has six gender neutral and family bathrooms and transgender students may utilize those bathrooms to which their gender conforms. These bathrooms are located around campus and can also be used as nursing rooms. The bathrooms labeled “family” can be found in A158, C133, K104, and K159. The bathrooms labeled “unisex” can be found in H139, H140, E100.4 and E216.02.

Your Wellness Professionals also provide support and services for the LGBTQ community. One such service is a template you can give to your professor before classes begin about preferred names and pronouns.  Please contact Wellness Services at studentwellness@elgin.edu if you would like more resources, or if you have any questions.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

New, easier login procedure for off-campus library databases access

As of Monday, May 20th, the method for signing into the library databases and e-books from off campus has changed. Instead of using a barcode, you will sign in with your ECC username and password, as if you are logging into AccessECC or D2L.  If you are already signed into AccessECC or D2L, you will not need to sign in again.

You will still need your physical library card or Employee ID to check out physical library materials (e.g. books, DVDs, etc.).  If you are faculty and staff, once you get your Employee ID, you can to come to the Library Circulation Desk to register your barcode.

If you have any questions about your library card, please contact the Circulation Desk at x7337 or circdesk@elgin.edu.

If you have issues logging into the databases or e-books, please contact the Reference Desk at x7354 or libref@elgin.edu.

5 (mostly free) ways to de-stress during Finals Week

  1. Laugh. Some research (library card required to view article) shows that laughing can help alleviate stress. While not all research concurs, finding a funny show on Netflix or reading a humorous book can help you focus on other, more positive aspects of life.

2. Yoga/Meditation/Mindfulness. Practicing these techniques regularly has been found in some research (library card required to view article) to “reveal…positive effects of yoga on stress reduction in healthy adult populations”. Again, focusing on a mantra or a pose means your mind cannot focus on the stress. Deep breathing and practicing gratefulness can also help you reset.

3. Exercise. You hear this all the time, but even a little exercise per day can reduce the symptoms of stress. Whether you like to run, walk, jump rope, or do Zumba, 30 minutes a day (or even 10 minutes, 3 times a day) is all you need to help your body recoup.

4. Do Something New. Always wanted to try skydiving? Try an indoor skydiving site (such as this one in Naperville). Like to solve puzzles? An escape room experience may be for you (here’s an example).

5. Dive into comfort—whatever that means to you. Is it binge-watching your favorite show? Curling up with a blanket and your favorite book? Going to your favorite restaurant or fast food joint? Pick something that truly feels comforting for a couple hours and let yourself be immersed in that activity so you can rejuvenate when you have to get back to studying.

Remember that your library and librarians (and other campus resources such as Wellness Services, Tutoring, and the Write Place) can assist you throughout the year!

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Citing got you stressing?

Make your life easier by checking out the citing guide options below.




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. For quick citing help, try NoodleTools Express!

The Write Place offers writing assistance. They are located in Building B, Room B274. Any student or ECC employee can use this service.  Stop by Building B, Room B274, or call 847-214-7480 for information.

Don’t forget that you can also get personalized citation help from the ECC Librarians. We cannot “check” your paper and sources, but we can lead you in the right direction! 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.