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Winter Break Hours & Closings

Winter in DuPage county sceneThe Library will have additional closings and reduced hours over COD's Winter Break between Dec. 14 and Jan. 17.

The full list of closings and reduced hours is as follows:

  • Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 15: Closed
  • Monday, Dec. 16 - Friday, Dec. 20: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, Dec. 21, through Wednesday, Jan. 1: Closed
  • Thursday, Jan. 2 - Friday, Jan. 3: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, Jan. 4, and Sunday, Jan. 5: Closed
  • Monday, Jan. 6 - Friday, Jan. 10: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, Jan. 11, and Sunday, Jan. 12: Closed
  • Monday, Jan. 13 - Friday, Jan. 17: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, Jan. 18: Regular Spring hours begin

Note the Library is also closed Monday, January 20, for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

For more details, see the Library's Hours & Closings page.

Have a safe and restful break!

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Extended Study Hours: Dec. 2 - Dec. 12

Extended Study HoursTo help you prepare for the end of the Fall semester, the Library has extended hours from Monday, Dec. 2, through Thursday, Dec. 12. Below is a list of days with extended hours:

  • Monday, Dec. 2: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Tuesday, Dec. 3: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Wednesday, Dec. 4: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Thursday, Dec. 5: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Friday, Dec. 6: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm (Normal hours)
  • Saturday, Dec. 7: 9 am - 4:30 pm (Normal hours)
  • Sunday, Dec. 8:12 noon - 11 pm
  • Monday, Dec. 9: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Tuesday, Dec. 10: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Wednesday, Dec. 11: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Thursday, Dec. 12: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Friday, Dec. 13: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm (Normal hours)

See the Library hours page for more details.

Good luck on your finals!

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Thanksgiving Break Hours

ThanksgivingThe Library will be closed from Thursday, Nov. 28 - Sunday, Dec. 1, for Thanksgiving Break. We will also close early at 4:30 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 27. We will reopen with extended hours on Monday, Dec. 2 (7:30 am - 11 pm).

See the Library hours page for more details.

Have a safe and restful break!

Faculty: Cut Your Students Some Citation Slack

From one instructor to another: can you consider cutting your students some slack when it comes to citations?

Recently, the APA published a new edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association and just a couple years ago, the 8th edition of the MLA Handbook replaced the long-standing 7th edition. With each new edition comes changes - some significant, some minor. Regardless of these changes and regardless of various formats, all citations serve the same purpose and contain the same information - they point the reader to a source of information with as much information as needed to locate that source.

citationneeded.jpgWhile exacting rules may be required for scholarly publication, the inclusion or exclusion of a punctuation symbol, the italicization or lack-thereof of a word or two, the addition or subtraction of a retrieval date do not, in the long run, matter much. The differences between APA 6th and APA 7th are, as they say, academic. Ultimately, they are designed to make the citation process more straightforward. However, if a student uses the 6th edition as a reference instead of the 7th (or vice-versa), has the student made an error? And is this error worth points?

In the Library we provide guidance on citing sources in all their complexity, but many librarians also take the position that at the college-level, formal citation styles are needlessly complicated and a distraction from the research and writing process. We try to provide up-to-date examples on our much-used Citing Source Guide, but recognize that we can't cover all the possibilities. Many of the Library's resources (catalog, databases) provide formatted citations for students - a welcome shortcut that we happily promote - but these citations may not reflect the most recent changes to the various styles.

Recently, we discovered that our updated APA style guide style declared that it was providing examples from the 6th edition, even though we had updated everything to reflect the changes in the 7th. This caused some confusion with students and much consternation among our librarians who are worried that our error will have negative repercussions on students who had sought our help and intended to follow their assignment instructions to the letter. We apologize for the error and hope that no matter who your students are, no matter what format you ask your students to use in citing their sources, you will consider the true purpose of citations and ask yourself: "Can I locate this source based on the information provided?" If so, you've got yourself a successfully cited source.

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APA References: What's Changed in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition

The Library's APA Citing Sources Guide is now updated to reflect changes in the 7th Edition!

APAmanual.jpgThe Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association is the guide for APA Style, offering guidance on everything from citing sources to formatting headings. Used in the social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, communications, education, business, engineering, and other fields, the APA Manual guides both writers and educators.
The 7th edition brings a number of changes to the Manual. Features include:

  • Full-color illustrations with coding to highlight formatting elements
  • Accessibility guidelines
  • Journal article reporting standards
  • Bias-free language guidelines, including the adoption of the singular "they"
  • Expanded guidance on ethical writing and publishing practices

Of particular interest here in the library are changes to formatting and reference guidelines. The Faculty Focus newsletter highlighted some of these changes in September, prior to the publication of the 7th edition.
Of note for students, instructors, writing center coaches, and reference staff:

  • Website URLs no longer need to be preceded with “Retrieved from:”.
  • Ebooks no longer require the type of ebook to be listed (e.g. PDF, Kindle etc)
  • Journal DOIs are now displayed as a URL instead of with the “DOI:” prefix. For example: “DOI: 10.1109/5.771073” becomes “https⁚//”
  • The publisher location is no longer required. This means “New York: Macmillan” is now just “Macmillan”.
  • The running head rules are “simplified,” and running heads are not required for student papers
  • The first in-text citation of a work by more than two authors may list only the first author, followed by “et al.”
  • The reference section lists up to 20 authors for a single work

For more in-depth information about the features and changes in the 7th edition, you can watch the CHOICE Media webinar "What’s New in APA Style—Inside the Seventh Edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association or visit APA Style and Grammar Guidelines."

And of course, you can also see the Manual for yourself in the Library! We have copies available for check out in the General Collection (BF76.7 .P83 2020), as well as copies in the Reference and Ready Reference Collections.


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Kick Start Your Research with GVRL

Searching the internet and our databases can be challenging if you're not sure which keywords to use. Before you start exploring, try looking up some background information on your topic using Gale Virtual Reference Library. GVRL is a collection of online reference books on a variety of topics including business, history, literature, medicine, social science, technology and many more. Pages and chapters from this collection can be printed and emailed. Not finding what you're looking for? We have a variety of general databases to help get you on the right track.

You can also search our catalog for books on your topic. Many of our offerings are available through e-book format, so you can browse titles from home. In order to access databases and e-books from off campus, you'll need a COD student or staff library card. Have questions? Ask a librarian! You can also consult our Research Fundamentals guide for tips on starting your project.


Tune in to Transom

Have you ever considered creating your own podcast or radio show? Check out This website has gathered information about all aspects of audio storytelling, including technical production tips. Browse how-tos and read reviews of the latest sound equipment. You can also search our catalog for books, e-books, and videos about podcasting.

Or, attend our free Podcasting 101 workshop. The Media Lab (inside the library) also has a podcast kit available for checkout in addition to other audio (and video) equipment. Questions? Ask a librarian!

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Brush Up on the Art of Research

In the last week, we've had lots of questions from art students about how to research specific works and artists. Browse our art research guide to find art-related books, videos, databases, and research tips. You can also search the library's catalog for specific subjects.

Check out Art and Architecture Complete for full-text coverage of more than 350 periodicals and 220 books. In addition, Art & Architecture Complete offers cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for more than 800 academic journals, magazines and trade publications. Or, browse our collection of art databases. To access databases from off campus, you'll need a COD student or staff library card. Not sure where to begin? Ask a librarian!


Tune in to Rise of the City: Great Lecture Series

If you're waiting for the new fall TV lineup and you're sick of re-streaming the same old shows, why not explore the latest lecture series from the Penn Museum, Rise of the City? This nine part series explores the development of ancient cities, including the Mayan garden cities and the lost civilizations of Egypt. Each episode is about an hour long.

If you're interested in exploring history, check out our research guide. You can also search our catalog to find materials about the history of ancient cities. Need help finding what you're looking for? Ask a librarian!

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