COD Library Blog

Winter Break Hours & Closings

Winter in DuPage county sceneThe Library will be closed and have reduced hours over COD's Winter Break between Dec. 20 and Jan. 13. We will also be closed Friday, Jan. 9, for staff development.

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

  • Saturday, Dec. 20, and Sunday, Dec. 21: Closed
  • Monday, Dec. 22: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday, Dec. 23: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday, Dec. 24, through Sunday, Jan. 4: Closed
  • Monday, Jan. 5, - Thursday, Jan. 8: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Friday, Jan. 9: Closed for Staff Development
  • Saturday, Jan. 10, and Sunday, Jan. 11: Closed
  • Monday, Jan. 12, and Tuesday, Jan. 13: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday, Jan. 14: Regular hours resume

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

Have a safe and restful break!

Photo credit: Tom Gill (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Open Access Week Reprise

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Want to follow up on October's in-service day by learning more about Open Access over break?

Check out Opening Science: The Evolving Guide on How the Internet is Changing Research, Collaboration and Scholarly Publishing, a free ebook published by Springer. Chapters include topics such as blogging, publication in the sciences, and even reference management.

Any other questions? As always, contact me.


Nonprofit Journals

Stay current with trends, news and research by accessing our collection of nonprofit journals.

  • Chronicle of Philanthropy
  • Grassroots Fundraising Journal
  • Nonprofit Management & Leadership
  • The Non Profit Times
  • Nonprofit World
  • Stanford Social Innovation Review
  • Corporate Philanthropy Report
  • International journal of nonprofit and voluntary sector marketing

Ask any Reference Staff member how to find these or check online here:

Free Science and Math Ebooks


Did you know that the National Academies Press offers free ebook versions of all the books that they publish?

NAP (which publishes reports from the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council) offers books in the sciences and mathematics, including biology, energy, engineering, and even space.

Use the free version to scope out the book for potential future purchases, to brush up in an area of interest, or even to see what k-12 teachers are doing in your subject area to prepare your future students.

Search or browse by topic area from the NAP home page.


Extended Study Hours

Extended Library Hours, Dec. 7 - Dec. 18To help you prepare for the end of the semester, the Library will have extended hours from Dec. 7 through Dec. 18. The hours are as follows:

  • Sunday, Dec. 7: 12 noon - 11 pm
  • Monday, Dec. 8: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Tuesday, Dec. 9: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Wednesday, Dec. 10: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Thursday, Dec. 11: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Friday, Dec. 12: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, Dec. 13: 9 am - 4:30 pm
  • Sunday, Dec. 14:12 noon - 11 pm
  • Monday, Dec. 15: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Tuesday, Dec. 16: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Wednesday, Dec. 17: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Thursday, Dec. 18: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Friday, Dec. 19: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

See the Library hours page for more details.

Good luck on your finals!

Foundation Maps

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We are pleased to now offer a new online tool in our core collection. Foundation Maps is Foundation Center’s new interactive mapping tool that brings philanthropy data to life so you can see who is funding what and where. Some of the most exciting features include:

• Map View displays with colored bubbles for foundations and recipients.
• Charts show funding trends and allow comparisons of funding by subject areas over time.
• Funding pathways visually reveals networked relationships between funders and recipients. Start with a recipient or foundation and view multiple layers of funding.
• U.S. Demographic overlays add a rich dimension to the maps, demonstrating the need for funding in a region or subject area.

Next time you are in the Library, search your nonprofit and find out its “family tree” of funding.

Using SciTech Connect


Physics, Engingeering, Geoscience, and Technology academics, take note!

The Department of Energy has created SciTechConnect to display publicly available reports, citations, articles, conference papers, books, multimedia, and data resulting from DOE funding.

The database is pretty massive: for example, a search of "Hydraulic Fracturing" turned up over 15,000 articles in full-text, an additional 12,000 citations, 5 datasets, and 1 youtube video of a conference presentation.

Want to customize search results, save citations and articles, and even save searches? Create a custom account.

As always, if you want to think about how to use this resource in a student assignment, or would like to think about integrating these materials in to your class, contact me.


Today in Open Access: Subject Specific OER

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