Tag Archives: Special Information

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.

May is Mental Health Month

Mental Health Facts from NAMI:

  • 1 in 5 adults in the United States lives with a mental health condition.
  • 1 in 25 (10 million) adults in the United States lives with a serious mental illness.
  • 60 million people in the United States face the day-to-day reality of living with a mental illness.
  • Half of all lifetime mental health conditions begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24, but early intervention programs can help.
  • African Americans and Hispanic Americans used mental health services at about half the rate of whites in the past year, and Asian Americans at about one-third the rate.
  • 90% of those who die by suicide have an underlying mental illness. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, but suicide is preventable.
  • The best treatments for serious mental illnesses today are highly effective; between 70 and 90% of individuals have significant reduction of symptoms and improved quality of life with the right treatments and supports.
  • Additional facts and citations are available at Mental Health by the Numbers.

We have many books that can help you explore mental health issues. Look for works under the Subject of mental health or mental illness.  You can also look up the specific issue, such as depression, bipolar, anxiety, PTSD, or stress. Go here to search the library’s print catalog.

mental health
Courtesy of Amazon

We also have many ebook collections; the following two specific collections can be useful when you need to access information online.

Springer: This collection has an emphasis on scientific materials, including psychology.

Ebook Central: This database covers many subject areas. Search a specific term for best results.

For articlesPsycArticles is a great place for psychology research.  High quality, academic, peer reviewed articles are available on any psychology topic.


Finally, we have great help right here at ECC: Wellness Services.  They have a lot of support services that they offer students, including one-on-one sessions, support groups, crisis intervention and even a Wellness podcast. Contact information: Bldg B, Room B120, Tel: 847-214-7390  or studentwellness@elgin.edu.

To follow on social media, use the hashtag on Twitter under #WhyCare and NAMI, on Facebook, and onInstagram .

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Earth Day 2019: Protect Our Species

Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22. The goals of the Earth Day Network for 2019 are to:

  • Educate and raise awareness about the accelerating rate of extinction of millions of species and the causes and consequences of this phenomenon.
  • Achieve major policy victories that protect broad groups of species as well as individual species and their habitats.
  • Build and activate a global movement that embraces nature and its values.
  • Encourage individual actions such as adopting plant based diet and stopping pesticide and herbicide use.
Our Earth’s composition of species

This video shows some of the diversity of our species, focusing on the Amazon, home to 1 in 10 known species on Earth.

The ECC library also has a specialized research guide on Sustainability that contains information on LEED, Recycling, Alternative Energy, Reforestation, and more.

What are you doing to help keep our planet healthy and to protect our species? Let us know in the comments below!

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

National Library Week: April 7-13, 2019

Per the American Librarian Association:
Libraries of all types strengthen their communities through education, lifelong learning, and a wealth of public services. No longer just a place for books, libraries have expanded beyond their traditional roles and provide more opportunities for community engagement and the delivery of new services that connect closely with their community’s needs. Libraries are at the heart of our cities, towns, schools, and campuses—a resource for all community members to find what they need to help improve their quality of life. 

Did you know that your ECC Library offers the following services and resources to our students?

  • Loaning of our 60 Chromebooks
  • Over 80 computers in our on-site labs
  • Anatomical models
  • Expert librarian help with research in person in Building C, by text, or online through chat or in your D2L. Contact us!
  • In-house use of our 20 laptops
  • Over 65,000 print books
  • Hundreds of thousands of full text articles
  • Loaning of our 22 TI-84 calculators
  • Interlibrary loan–get items free from other libraries
  • 3 hour study room use
  • Hundreds of thousands of full text, non-fiction ebooks
  • 24/7 off campus access of articles and ebook databases with an activated Student ID

Community members can also use our print collections, check out designated materials, use interlibrary loan, and get a two hour computer pass per day to use our online resources.

This video will give you an overview of the things you may not know about your library!

Come visit the ECC Library–we can save you time and money, and help you get started on the path to success!

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian