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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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Take Care of Business With COD's Research Guides

We've gotten several research questions from business students in the last few weeks. We work closely with the business classes to ensure you have the best resources to complete your assignments. Have you checked out our research guide? It includes guides for specific class assignments for Business 1100 and Business 1111, lists of print and online materials, and research tips to help get you started.

Browse our business databases for industry reports, videos, news articles, and stock information. To access databases from off campus, you'll need a COD student or staff library card. If you're unsure of where to begin, ask a librarian!

Become a Total STEM Wiz with Harry Potter

Fall is upon us, and it's time to start planning your Halloween party! Why not get a bit of help from Teach Engineering's The Science and Engineering Behind Harry Potter? While this resource was designed for K-12 students, the activities can be adapted for all ages and occasions. Learn how to make invisible ink, or conduct experiments using themes from the books.

For more party planning ideas, browse our collection of books and e-books. If you're interested in a movie marathon, or you'd like to reread the original Harry Potter books, stop at the COD Library and check out our full collection. More interested in the STEM side of things? Browse our research guides, or ask a librarian!

Need Help Evaluating Sources?

There's a lot of information--and misinformation out there. We're not just talking about research assignments. Social media is full of stories that may or may not be accurate. So how can you be sure that what you're reading is true?

We've compiled a guide for evaluating sources that will take you through the basics. Learn about fact checking, spotting fake news, and debunking information that doesn't quite add up. If you're looking for further resources, take a look at Stanford History Education Group's website. Students and educators have free access to exercises, lessons, and walkthroughs covering reading like a historian, going beyond the bubble, and civic online reasoning.

If you're interested in learning more about source evaluation, ask a librarian. Instructors can also contact their library liaison to incorporate this skill into lessons throughout the semester.

We're Over the Moon About Overdrive!

One of our favorite databases to show off is Overdrive. Students, staff, and community members with a COD library card have access to this collection of e-books and e-audiobooks. You'll find popular fiction and the latest non-fiction, via the Overdrive app.

This month we're showcasing our crafting titles. Learn to quilt, choose the right plants for your home, or unwind via Origami.

If you have questions about setting up Overdrive on your phone, tablet, or computer please ask a librarian! We'd love to work with you to find the title and format you're looking for.

What's Pew Got to Do With It?

As you begin your assignments for the upcoming semester, you'll find that often times, research is required. The COD Library has hundreds of databases for your information needs. A librarian will be happy to help you choose and navigate the right database for your project. Our Research Fundamentals Guide provides suggestions for databases, as well as outside websites like and the Pew Research Center.

If you're curious about learning more about the Pew Research Center, check out Pew Research Center: Decoded. This blog gives readers the "how and why" behind the numbers. Entries range from basic information about how to best use the data, to advanced instructions for gathering and interpreting the data yourself. If you're having a difficult time navigating the Pew Research Center website, or any of our databases, don't hesitate to ask a librarian!


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