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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


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 (!