Tag Archives: Special Interest

Resource Spotlight: HeinOnline Immigration Law and Policy

HeinOnlineThe Immigration Law and Policy database from HeinOnline offers a compilation of important historical documents and legislation related to immigration in the United States as well as current hearings, debates and recent developments in immigration law. This database includes BIA Precedent Decisions, legislative histories, law and policy titles, extradition titles, scholarly articles, an extensive bibliography, and other related works.

Containing 1,580 titles and over 2,100 volumes, this is a great place to send students working on sociology, political science, current events, law, hot topics in the news, and even for personal interest.

If you have questions about using the database, please contact us!

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

October is National Cyber Security Month!

The Internet touches almost all aspects of everyone’s daily life, whether we realize it or not. National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity, provide them with tools and resources needed to stay safe online, and increase the resiliency of the Nation in the event of a cyber incident.–Department of Homeland Security

Ways to get involved:

Go here to participate in community efforts such as recognizing human trafficking, terrorism and other crime, becoming prepared for an emergency, and more.

Participate and follow social media:

Also try the hashtags #CyberSecurity and #CyberAware on Twitter.

At the library:

  • We created a research guide on Cyber Security that will link you to books, databases, and the latest news.
  • Here are items we have in our print collection.
  • Ebook Central contains some works on cyber security and other cyber crimes such as identity theft.
Maria2016(2)–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Banned Books Week: September 24-30, 2017

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Photo via http://www.

Words Have Power.

How do we know that words have power? These quotes are just an example:

There is only one way to avoid criticism: 
do nothing
say nothing
and be nothing.–Aristotle

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.–Winston Churchill

One day or day one. Your choice. –Anonymous, various

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.– Mark Twain

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.–F. Scott Fitzgerald

There is nothing permanent except change.–Heraclitus

When ideas fail, words come in very handy.– Goethe

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.— Thomas Jefferson

There are no facts, only interpretations.– Friedrich Nietzsche

Happiness equals reality minus expectations.– Tom Magliozzi 

What’s being challenged?  See this video from the American Libraries Association or check out the list of Top 10 Challenged Books.  According to the American Libraries Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom, there was a 17% increase in book censorship complaints in 2016.*


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Want to continue the conversation or learn more?

Follow on social media @BannedBooksWeek or on Facebook. Use the hashtags #WordsHavePower or see this site to become a #RebelReader.

Search in your local library catalog or at the ECC library for the following Subjects, or do a keyword search on banned books here:

Prohibited Books
Challenged Books
Banned Books Week

*Source: Jacoby, M. (2017). Banned Books Week celebrates our right to read. BannedBooks.org. Retrieved from http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/node/12963 
 —Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian, with contributions from Jana Porter

Suicide Prevention Week is September 10-16, 2017

Suicide prevention

I’m In:
Inspired, Informed, Involved

That is the theme of this year’s National Suicide Prevention Month.

Illinois-Facts-2017 suicide

Library resources: (includes Ebooks available with your activated library card)

Other resources:

  • Follow @AASuicidology on Twitter
  • 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 


Maria2016(2)–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Solar Eclipse: Fast Facts

When? August 21

What time? For our area, the eclipse will peak at 1:18:28 pm CDT, when the moon obscures 86.9% of the sun.

What is a solar eclipse?


Graphic courtesy of the  Exploratorium


Check your zip code for when the eclipse will happen in your area and what it will look like.

What do I need to view it? Be safe with this NASA guide!

For more information:

NPR: Here’s What you Need to Know about the Total Solar Eclipse
NASA: Who, What, Where, When, How
Weather.gov : Path of Totality
MIT News: Tips for Viewing the Solar Eclipse Q&A with Richard Binzel

Maria2016(2)–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference Librarian, with contributions from Stacey Shah, Distance Learning Librarian


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Did you know that the ECC Library is on Facebook and Twitter?  All our blog posts get shared there as well, plus we add extra information in our social media forums.


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Tastes of Summer!


Following the Culinary Arts Month theme, here are some recipes that are taste tested and simple and give you the flavor of summer. 

Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze (Food Network). These come out light and flavorful. The glaze provides a sweet/tart aspect.  Great for a Sunday morning with coffee or tea.

Rhubarb Pie (Allrecipes). If you think you don’t like rhubarb, think again! This super simple and old fashioned recipe firms up well and is great with whipped cream or ice cream.


Burst Cherry Tomato Pasta (Epicurious).  This fresh and easy recipe can be adjusted to any serving size. Add in some red pepper chili flake for a kick, or some anchovies for umami. I use bucatini pasta instead of spaghetti as is has a thicker density and holds the sauce well. Serve with a side salad and garlic toast.

Mojito (Allrecipes). You can make this with or without the rum; just adjust to add more lime or soda. It is very refreshing and you can adjust the recipe to add watermelon, or make it with cucumber and basil.  The lime-ier, the better!

pizza-814044_1280Grilled Pizza (Simply Recipes). This recipe provides you with the process of grilling a pizza.   Use your favorite homemade or store bought dough (here is a good recipe if you haven’t done this before), and add any type of toppings that will use up your summer produce. Pizza grills quickly and gets a nice, chewy char, so keep an eye on it.

Watermelon-Feta Salad (PBS). Refreshing on a hot day and a great way to make a salad ahead for a group gathering.  You can leave out the onions and it is just as good.  Be sure to not over-mix; you want the feta to maintain some of its integrity.melon-1606061_640.jpg

Do you have a favorite summer recipe? Share in the comments!

—Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian