E-Resources

Chicago Poets: Past and Present

Hog Butcher for the World,
Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat,
Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler;
Stormy, husky, brawling,
City of the Big Shoulders:
–From “Chicago” by Carl Sandburg

The Carl Sandburg’s poem “Chicago” presents an iconic and enduring image of the city of Chicago. Sandburg was a long-time Chicago resident, and the city was often featured in his poems. But what makes a poet a “Chicago Poet?” A poet born in Chicago? Lived in Chicago? Someone who wrote poetry in or about Chicago? An artist embraced by the City? (For an in-depth exploration of this question, check out the Chicago Magazine article “Is Chicago the Poetry Capitol of America?“).

However you define a Chicago poet, the city has produced some of the greats, including Carl Sandburg, Gwendolyn Brooks, One Book selection 1919 author Eve L. Ewing, and many others. Check out the Library’s collection of works by Chicago poets, both past and present, in the virtual book display below:

Chicago Poets

And dive deep into the Library’s collection of One Book selection 1919 author Eve L. Ewing:

Eve L. Ewing

New Library Databases

To meet the need for increased online resources, the Library has introduced a number of new databases this Fall! If you have questions or need help with any Library resources, Ask a Librarian!

Nexis Uni

Legal, news, and business sources—including U.S. Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1790.

This could be useful for students:

  • Conducting legal or paralegal research
  • Looking for international new sources
  • Researching common speech or essay topics

University Press Scholarship E-books

30,000+ eBooks on humanities, social sciences, sciences, medicine, and law from Universities around the world.

This could be useful for students:

  • Looking for in-depth scholarly books or chapters
  • Researching complex speech or essay topics

Wiley Online Library

eBooks, articles, reference works, and other sources on a range of topics.

This could be useful for students:

  • Looking for reference or scholarly works in a specific discipline
  • Researching common speech or essay topics

Oxford Very Short Introductions

E-book series on a diverse range of subjects from Climate to Consciousness, Game Theory to Ancient Warfare, Privacy to Islamic History, Economics to Literary Theory.

This could be useful for students:

  • Looking for a brief and thorough introduction to a common topic
  • Researching common speech or essay topics

Get to Know Eve L. Ewing, Author of the One Book selection 1919

Photo credit: Nolis Anderson

Eve L. Ewing, the author of the 20-21 One Book selection 1919, is a scholar, writer, artist, cultural organizer, and according to the bio on her website “made in Chicago.”

One of the things that makes Ewing unique is the wide range of her work, from poetry to scholarly texts, from podcasts to graphic novels. 

Explore her works available through the library below:

Eve L. Ewing

Ewing is amazingly prolific; her work is everywhere online. Here are a few interesting items:

Self Care and Mental Health Resources at MVCC Library

Times are tough, stress is high, changes are happening rapidly. With everything that’s going on, it’s important to keep taking care of yourself physically, emotionally, and mentally. In case you’re not sure how exactly to go about those last two, the library has collected books, e-books, and e-audio books to help. Included in the collection are videos of two panel discussions with MVCC Councilors about mental health in social isolation.

If you would like help with these resources, or would like to explore what else the library has available, please Ask a Librarian.

Click on the image below to see the collection:

Self Care and Mental Health Resources at MVCC Library

What R U Reading Wednesdays?!

We’re coming into the homestretch of our “What R U Reading Wednesdays” series, with only a couple more weeks left. Check out our Adobe Spark page to see this weeks new recommendations and continue your summer reading! Includes:

  • Save Yourself” by Cameron Esposito**
  • The Broken Earth Trilogy” by N. K. Jemisin
  • The Pilgrim’s Progress” by John Bunyon
  • East of West Collection” by Jonathan Hickman, author ; Nick Dragotta, artist

Please continue to submit your responses via the linked form. #mvcclibraryonline2020

What Are You Reading Wednesdays?! (WRURW)

Check out our Adobe Spark page to see this weeks new recommendations and continue your summer reading! Includes:

  • The Monkey Wrench Gang” by Edward Abbey
  • Night Boat to Tangier” by Kevin Barry
  • The Extraordinaries” by TJ Klune
  • The Witcher series” by Andrzej Sapkowski

Please continue to submit your responses via the linked form. #mvcclibraryonline2020

Virtual Book Display Retrospective: Covid-19 and other Current Events

A lot has happened over the last few months, and to help keep you informed and up to date, MVCC library folks have created virtual displays of online Library resources that deal with various topics relating to current events.

If you need assistance accessing any of these online resources, Ask a Librarian.

Pandemics and Public Health

Librarian Jessica brought together this collection of informative resources on Pandemics and Public Health.

Conversations about Race

ILL Specialist Sue recommends collections on Hoopla that can help start the conversation.

Pride Month eReads

Librarian Jessica has suggestions for e-books to read during Pride Month.

Catch up on Library Events and Podcasts!

Librarians recommend episodes of the Library Podcast that speak to the present moment, including the two part collaboration with MVCC Counselors–Self Care During Social Isolation Parts I and II.

What Are *You* Reading Wednesdays?!

Check out our Adobe Spark page to see this weeks new recommendations and continue your summer reading! Includes:

  • “The Poet X” by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • “Viral Modernism” by Elizabeth Outka
  • “Guns, Germs, and Steel” by Jared Diamond
  • “Underland” by Robert Macfarlane

Please continue to submit your responses via the linked form. #mvcclibraryonline2020

Virtual Book Display Retrospective: Summer Reads

Over the last few months, library folks have created wonderful virtual collections of online Library resources, and for the holiday weekend, we are bringing together the displays with great suggestions for things to read and listen to this summer, from cookbooks to music to graphic novels.

If you need help accessing any of the resources listed in these displays, you can Ask a Librarian.

FIRE UP THE BARBECUE!

ILL and Serials Assistant Sue has great suggestions for cookbooks to up your grilling game this summer.

Virtual Comic Stand

Access Services Coordinator Oscar recommends some of the best comics available virtually through the online Library.

Here be Dragons...

Librarian Hannah suggests novels featuring dragons to combat the summer heat.

Gardening

Librarian Jen brings together e-books to help out in the garden.

Gamer Essentials

Librarian Jessica recommends e-books for video game enthusiasts.

Pulitzer Prize Winning Poetry Audiobooks

Librarian Hannah has suggestions for listening to award-winning poetry.

Can't Sleep at Night?

ILL and Serials Assistant Sue found soothing music options available to stream on Hoopla.

Scoob Section

Access Services Coordinator Oscar brought some of the Library Scooby-related online resources together.

The Science Fiction of Octavia E. Butler

Librarian Jessica collected the Library’s digital copies of Octavia Butler’s work in honor of Butler’s birthday (June 22nd).

If It’s Wednesday, It’s What Are You Reading Wednesdays?!

Check out our Adobe Spark page to see this weeks new recommendations and continue your summer reading! Includes:

  • “The Stand” by Stephen King
  • “The Book of Joy” by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams
  • “Tiny But Mighty” by Hannah Shaw
  • “A Brief History of Seven Killings” by Marlon James

Please continue to submit your responses via the linked form. #mvcclibraryonline2020

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