COD Library Blog

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.

Lynda Campus no longer available on our campus :(

The Library is sorry to report that we no longer subscribe to Lynda Campus. Although we believe Lynda is a quality learning tool for our students, the cost to provide this unlimited-access subscription was more than our Library could afford to pay.

Individuals can subscribe to for a pretty reasonable yearly fee. Please go to to learn more about their subscription plans.

Would you like to tell us what you think about this cancellation? We'd like to hear from you. Please write to Denise Cote, Electronic Resources Librarian, at


E-books @ the Library

ebooks at the libraryDid you know the Library provides free access to thousands of academic e-books in nearly 20 different e-book collections? Search our e-book collections to find titles covering everything from science to technology to the humanities.

You can also find e-books in our main catalog--just limit to the "eBook" format on the left-hand side of your search results:

E-book limit selection
If you have questions about our e-book collections, see the E-book FAQ page or Ask A Librarian.

Learning Express Library 2.0

As of June 25, 2014, the old Learning Express Library (2.0) interface is no longer available. The new Learning Express Library vastly improves upon the old version. Users will need to create a new account in Learning Express. Unfortunately, your information from the old LEL will NOT be copied over into the new version.

Similar test prep and career materials are available in the Testing and Education Reference Center. Give it a try!

Need assistance? Contact the Library Reference Desk at 630-942-3364 or Denise Cote, Electronic Resources Librarian,


Database Cancellations

The Library has decided to cancel the following resources as of June 25, 2014:

Health Reference Center Academic: 98% of the content found in this database is available in Academic OneFile. Please see our Health Databases for a full listing of all of our online medical databases.

Standard & Poors NetAdvantage: Hoover's and our other Business databases can be used to find industry information. Please refer to our Business Databases for a full listing of all of our online business databases.

If you need assistance or would like more information, please contact Denise Cote at or call the Library Reference Desk at 630-942-3364


Summer Hours

Sandy beachThe Library's regular Summer hours are in effect as of Tuesday, May 27. Regular weekly hours are as follow:

  • Monday: 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
  • Thursday: 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Noon - 6:00 pm

See our Hours & Closings page for more information.

Have a great summer!

Image courtesy of flowzim.

Best Commencement Speakers EVER

Picture1_0.pngNPR has selected 300+ phenomenal commencement speeches for your listening (and sometimes viewing) pleasure.

See Jon Stewart speak at the College of William and Mary, listen to Carly Fiorina address MIT grads, enjoy Amy Poehler's 2011 address at Harvard. There are authors, entertainers, politicians and CEOs-- all of them great speakers with sage advice for graduating seniors.



my-access.pngDo you need help with myACCESS, building your class schedule, registering for classes, FAFSA completion, or payment plan sign-up? If so, stop by the myACCESS Lab in the Student Services Center Financial Assistance Conference Room (SSC 2222) for assistance.

Their summer hours are:

  • Monday, May 19 – Friday, August 29 (Monday through Thursday): 9:00 am until 7:00 pm
  • August 8, 15, 22, 29 (Fridays): 9:00 am until 5:00 pm