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OA Week @COD Day 4

r2r-logo.pngToday we hosted an amazing webinar featuring Nick Shockey, Director of the Right to Research Coalition and Director of Programs & Engagement for Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC). If you missed this event, keep an eye on this blog for a link to the recorded session!

Tomorrow, Friday, October 23rd, we're proud to present two webinars for your viewing pleasure. First, at 7 a.m., learn all about the College of DuPage's very own OA repository DigitalCommons@COD from Humanities librarian, Ken Orenic.
Then, join us at 12 p.m. for "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about MOOCs," presented by Christine Monnier, Professor of Sociology.
To join these sessions, just head to and follow the simple steps.

Today, we're featuring several subject-specific OA resources in our blog posts. Please browse through these new entries or follow these links:

Interdisciplinary Resources

Free Online Sources from the Library of Congress
Open Access Statistics

Information Science Resources

Library And Information Science Commons

Health and Science Resources

Open Access Evidence Based Practice Resources
Open Source Medical Images
Open Access Science Journals and Repositories


Today in Open Access: Textbooks, Software and Copyright

Welcome to Day Three of Open Access Week @COD!

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We hope that you have enjoyed the events so far this week, including Colin Koteles' webinar on Open Software, Una Daly's In-Service Day presentation and this morning's session on Copyright, Licenses and OER.
If you missed any of these events, or would like to learn more about the topics covered in them, you can browse these handy primers in our OA blog:

To attend any of the upcoming webinars, just head to and follow the simple steps to join the session.

Day Title/Presenter Venue Time
Wednesday 10-22 Assessing Quality in OA Publishing. Jeffrey Beall Webinar 1:00-2:15 p.m.
Thursday, 10-24 Right to Research Coalition.
Nick Shockey
Webinar 11:00 a.m.- Noon
Thursday, 10-24 OA & the Library, Denise Cote Webinar 7:00-7:50 a.m.
Friday, 10-25 MOOCs, Christine Monnier Webinar 1:00-1:50 p.m.
Friday, 10-25 Digital Commons, Ken Orenic Webinar 7:00-7:50 a.m.

Keep an eye on OA Latest News for more introductory guides to Open Educational Resources, Open Textbooks, Open Courseware and more.
And of course, you can contact your library liaison for more information about finding, using and even creating Open Educational Resources in your discipline.


Library and Information Science Commons

Library and Information Science Commons

Over 26,000 full-text articles from more than 11,500 authors can be found in the library and information commons, contributed by university and college librarians and their over 200 supporting institutions. This resource Includes journal articles, working papers, conference proceedings, newsletters and other original scholarly work. Specific topics covered include:

  • Archival Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Collection Development and Management
  • Scholarly Communication
  • Scholarly Publishing
  • Cataloging and Metadata

Open Access Health Sciences EBP Resources

thumb_ebmmagnifyingglass.JPGEvidence-Based Medicine (EBM), also referred to as EBP (Evidence-Based Practice), has been all the rage in health care for a very long time. For the uninitiated, perhaps the most commonly accepted definition of EBM is taken from Dr. David Sackett. EBM is "the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of the individual patient. It means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research." (Sackett, 1996). In other words, what health care professionals do, when they do it and how they do it is not based on whim or personal preference. Instead, patient care is based on a critical review of the published results of carefully designed and executed clinical research combined with the unique aspects of an individual patient's medical history. Two of the most "famous" EBM resource databases are Cochrane Systematic Reviews and the Joanna Briggs Institute EBP database. Both of these are subscription databases. Cochrane does provide FREE Internet access to the summaries of its systematic reviews:

CochraneSummaries.jpgCochrane Summaries
Free to access, Cochrane Summaries distill full Cochrane Reviews, providing the key messages from the review of scientific literature on specific topics.

Cochrane isn't the only organization providing open access to evidence-based research, reviews, summaries and practice guidelines. Here are a few more recommended FREELY accessible resources:

ADAcenter.jpgADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry
This American Dental Association tool provides evidence-based dentistry resources to help support clinical decision making.

NGC.JPGNational Guideline Clearinghouse
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) database of clinical practice guidelines. The NGC mission is to provide physicians and other health professionals, health care providers, health plans, integrated delivery systems, purchasers, and others an accessible mechanism for obtaining objective, detailed information on clinical practice guidelines and to further their dissemination, implementation, and use.

PEDro is the Physiotherapy Evidence Database. PEDro is a free database of over 28,000 randomized trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy.

Here are a few more patient-care focused OA Health Science resources...

druginfoportal.jpgDrug Information Portal
The Drug Information Portal provides the public, healthcare professionals, and researchers a gateway to current, accurate and understandable drug information from the National Library of Medicine and other key government agencies.

MedEdPORTAL provides an open exchange of peer-reviewed health education teaching and assessment resources from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

Questions? Do you have any awesome Open Access Health Resources that you'd like to share? Contact your Health Science Librarian, Debra Smith (!


Ebola Sources

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Trying to discuss the Ebola outbreak in Africa, or the confirmed case in Dallas with your students and looking for good sources? The National Library of Medicine has posted a guide to various good sources of information online.

While you're looking through the guide, pay particular attention to the following sources listed there:

  • The MedlinePlus page to get general information about Ebola, including videos, definitions and links to other websites.
  • The CDC official page describing what's happening in Africa and Texas.
  • The WHO page on Ebola in West Africa
  • The section of the page titled "Free Resources from Publishers for Medical Responders" which includes sources from the Lancet, Nature, Science, PLOS, and more.
Image Credit: Ebola Virus Particles, by Thomas W. Geisbert, Boston University School of Medicine [CC-BY-2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Open Access Week 2014 Schedule of Events

Open Access Week 2014: October 20-24

Brought to you by the COD Library!

Tuesday, October 21: In-service Day Schedule

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m Discipline/Subdivision meetings
9:40 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. All College Breakfast
10:30 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. Keynote Presentation – Open Educational Resources in the Community College, Una Daly, Director of Community College Outreach, Open Education Consortium and Kate Hess, Librarian and Library Coordinator, Kirkwood Community College
11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. All Faculty Lunch & Open Access Textbooks Petting Zoo
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m Faculty Workshop: Finding, Selecting and Adopting Open Electronic Resources, Una Daly and Kate Hess
Open Access Week Activities

Day Title/Presenter Venue Time
Monday 10-20 Open Source Educational Software,
Colin Koteles
Webinar 5:00-5:50 p.m.
Tuesday 10-21 In-Service SRC 2000 All Day
Wednesday 10-22 Assessing Quality in OA Publishing. Jeffrey Beall Webinar 1:00-2:15 p.m.
Wednesday 10-22 Copyright & OER.
Jennifer Kelly
Webinar 8:00-8:50 a.m.
Thursday, 10-24 Right to Research Coalition.
Nick Shockey
Webinar 11:00 a.m.- Noon
Thursday, 10-24 OA & the Library, Denise Cote Webinar 7:00-7:50 a.m.
Friday, 10-25 MOOCs, Christine Monnier Webinar 1:00-1:50 p.m.
Friday, 10-25 Digital Commons, Ken Orenic Webinar 7:00-7:50 a.m.

Funding Community College Research


Want to think of innovative research projects that your students can do with a little extra money? The NSF funds grants to enhance student research. In fact, community college professor James Hewlet is just one of many professors who received NSF funding in this article.

Hewlett funded his research through an Advanced Technological Education grant, but there are several available, including and the newly released Community College Innovation Challenge, a program that supports STEM students, faculty, and community (or industry) partners in research projects. Still not excited? Here are all the NSF community college funding opportunities.

Want help thinking about grants, funding, or student research? Feel free to contact me to learn more.


Replicability, Retractions, and Good Research


Heard about the retraction of a prominent article on pluripotent stem cells in Nature? How about the New York Times article published in July about the researcher in Taiwan who reviewed his own articles using fraudulent email accounts? These are just some of many discussions happening around the topics of replicability and the value of peer review.

Check out the following articles for a quick primer on the subject:

What's the takeaway?

When we teach research, we need to remember to teach students to evaluate journal articles as they would any other source. Find an article that contradicts literally every other source that you've read? In that case, look to see what reaction the paper is pulling in from various websites, look at the strength of the research done and the arguments made, and make your best call.

Image Credit: "MESC EBs" by Stemcellscientist - Own work.