COD Library Blog

Household Products Database


Do you have students in your classes worried about the presence of sodium laureth sulfate in their shampoos? How about students who know that they're nervous about commercial cleaners but can't explain why?

Send them to the Household Products Database, a free database created by the federal government that breaks down personal care, household cleaning, pesticides, and other products that we can easily buy at the store. Students can search by type of product (engine coolant) or by name (Aussie Awesome Volume Shampoo). Once a student selects a product, she can easily see information about the it, including health warnings, chemicals listed as ingredients, the MSDS sheet, and similar kinds of products.

The database could be used as the starting point for projects in biology, chemistry, or even basic health classes.


Back Issues Now Online!

ELLNewsletter.jpgThe COD Library ESL/ABE/GED Faculty Newsletter ran once a month for 5 years and provided instructors with updates on Library services, announcements of newly added ESL and ABE/GED materials as well as a freely available online Resource of the Month.

The online version of the Newsletter was available on three different platforms, making finding older issues a little challenging-- now all five years of back issues are available in one place. Head to and browse to your heart's content.

Questions? Email me at



New in the CCIC area: Games!

  • The Networking Game
  • You're Hired!
  • Interview Challenge
  • Ethics on the Job

and many more.

All can be checked out and are great for groups and classroom activities.



Supreme Court Reporters

SupremeCt.jpgNew addition to our circulating collection!

West's Supreme Court Reporters from 1952-2002 are now available for checkout.

You can find them in the GENERAL Collection with the call number of KF101 .A322

Yes, these can be checked out for 28 days and even renewed.

Book Displays

CCIC Display
Books on display can get checked out.
Just take your selections to the Circulation Desk and hand them your COD library card. The book will be yours for 28 days.

Got a suggestion for the collection? Don't see your career on display? Ask! We take suggestions all the time.

A Magic Wall of Best Sellers and More

Magic WallThe COD Library now has popular e-books and downloadable audiobooks!

We would like to introduce you to our new collection of popular fiction, graphic novels, biographies, humor and more-- all available through Axis360. The Axis360 collection features a wide variety of downloadable audiobooks and ebooks that you can enjoy for free on Android, Apple, Kindle, Nook and Windows devices.

Getting started with Axis360 is easy! Just download a free app from the Axis360 AppZone and use your COD Library card to checkout e-books and audiobooks from the Library’s Magic Wall. You can keep titles on your device for up to 21 days. We’re adding best sellers and new releases to our collection regularly-- bookmark the Magic Wall and look for Just Added titles, New Releases and Staff Picks.

For more information about device compatibility, installing apps, downloading titles and more, visit the Axis360 Help page.


You can have 2 items checked out at any time.

The default loan period is 14 days, but you can check out books and audiobooks for up to 21 days at a time.

Yes! Learn how to return materials from your specific device at

Yes! If an e-book or audiobook is already checked out, you can request a hold. When that title becomes available, you will receive an email notifying you that your hold item is available for checkout. For more information about holds, see the Axis360 Help page “How to place a title on hold.”

Yes-- if no one else has the title on hold, you can renew items from the COD Library’s Axis360 page. For more information on renewing items, see the Axis360 Help page “How to renew a title.”

You will need a PC or mobile device to be able to download and read or listen to a digital title from Axis 360. Visit the COD Library’s Axis 360 App Zone to download a reader for your PC or mobile device.

Axis360 is compatible with many popular e-book readers, audio players and operating systems. For a complete list see the Axis360 Device Compatibility page.

Interim Hours & Closings, Aug. 1 - Aug. 24

ClockBetween the Summer and Fall semesters, the Library will be closed on the weekends and have reduced hours during the week.

Here is the full list:

  • Friday, Aug. 1, Saturday, Aug. 2, and Sunday, Aug. 3: Closed
  • Monday, Aug. 4 - Friday, Aug. 8: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, Aug. 9, and Sunday, Aug. 10: Closed
  • Monday, Aug. 11 - Friday, Aug. 15: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, Aug. 16, and Sunday, Aug. 17: Closed
  • Monday, Aug. 18 - Friday, Aug. 22: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, Aug. 23, and Sunday, Aug. 24: Closed
  • Monday, Aug. 25: Normal hours resume

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

Have a safe and restful break and get ready for the Fall!

Coming Soon: New and Improved "Issues & Controversies"

This fall, Issues & Controversies will be rolling out a completely revamped look for their popular current events database.
Here are just a few of the features you can look forward to:

  • New, easy-to-navigate format structured around today's most controversial issues
  • New, original videos and educator support materials enhancing select issues
  • New Issue Pages featuring current coverage with the latest news headlines
  • New interactive polls on every issue
  • New Featured Controversies on the home page
  • New and improved search options, including Search Assist
  • New Read Aloud feature
  • New Google Translate
  • New customizable Content Widgets
  • New searchable Support Center with live help chat.

Interested in getting a sneak peak? Take a look here and let us know what you think!

New E-Resources Available

The Library is proud to introduce you to the following new databases! Each is available on-campus and from off-campus with a valid COD Library Card. Explore and let us know what you think!

NEW! Artstor
The Artstor Digital Library is a nonprofit resource that provides over 1.6 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research. Collections are used for teaching and study in a wide range of subject areas, including art, architecture, music, religion, anthropology, literature, world history, American Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Medieval Studies, Renaissance Studies, and more.

NEW! Culturegrams
Culturegrams is a core reference resource on understanding the world's peoples through the documentation of the unique details of their customs, traditions, and daily life.

NEW! Illinois Periodicals Online
The Illinois Periodicals Online collection includes: Illinois Country Living, Illinois Heritage, Illinois History : A Magazine for Young People, Illinois History Teacher, Illinois Issues, Illinois Libraries, Illinois Municipal Review, Illinois Parks & Recreation, and Outdoor Illinois. Date ranges vary as they are constantly being updated by the archivists at Northern Illinois University.

NEW! Videofashion Library
The Videofashion library is the online, streaming version of this popular video series that spans decades of fashion runway shows and showcases of fashion designers from the 1990's to the present. When the collection is complete sometime next year, it will include video materials from the 1960’s to the Present. The collection makes available video coverage of the major fashion weeks in Milan, Paris, New York, and London, as well as the Miami Swim and New York Bridal shows. Topical segments visit events like the Met's Costume Exhibits, CFDA Awards, and feature interviews with top designers, models, and celebrities of the fashion world.