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Help with Citations

As you complete your end of semester projects, don’t forget that the Todd Library provides online citation guides. Our Citing your Sources page will take you to the guides. Just click on the link that says HowTo – Document your Sources and you will see guides for MLA, APA, ASA, and Chicago Style citation. Just click on the citation guide you’d like to use and it will download in a new window. You’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the guides. If you need to download it, there is a link under the citation guides.

Complete citation manuals are available to use in the library. Just stop by the reference desk and ask for the one that you need.

Seven Wonders of Illinois

Have you heard about the Seven Wonders of Illinois recently released by the Illinois Bureau of Tourism? Seven interesting sites around the state have been selected, and you can watch a video that introduces them here. Each of the sites are listed below, with links to more information about them. Much of the information is available from sources in the Todd Library. Take a look; you may discover your next summer road trip!

Wrigley Field, Chicago – The historical home of the Cubs is one of the wonders in our area. The Todd Library has a book with many photographs, Wrigley Field: A History of the Friendly Confines that will give you a better look at the location.

Baha’i House of Worship, Wilmette – This distinctive house of worship is another area wonder. To learn more about the Baha’i community in Chicago, check out the entry in one of our e-reference sources, Encyclopedia of Chicago.

Starved Rock State Park, Utica – Starved Rock State Park offers hiking, camping, boating, and lots of other activities. The park has 18 canyons and many interesting rock formations. To learn more about the geology of Starved Rock State Park, stop by the Todd Library and take a look at the book Time talks: the geology of Starved Rock and Matthiessen state parks.

Allerton Park and Retreat Center, Monticello – Run by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It features a Georgian-style mansion on 1,500 acres of land. It was once the private estate of a family with connections to Chicago. A complete history of the site is available online, and the homepage features some great photos.

Black Hawk State Historic Site, Rock Island – This site includes a nature preserve, hiking trails, and a prairie restoration. To learn more about the man it is named for, take a look at the biography of Black Hawk available from one of the Todd Library’s databases, American National Biography.

Rend Lake, BentonRend Lake is located about five hours south of the Chicago area. It was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Illinois Department of Conservancy District. Rend Lake’s demographics page includes a timeline and many facts and figures about the project.

Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway, Alton, Grafton, Hartford, and Elsah – This is the area where the Mississippi, Missouri, and Illinois rivers meet. Did you attend any of the Lewis and Clark events at Waubonsee? The byway begins in an area with some Lewis and Clark history. Stop by the Todd Library to check out one of our books on Lewis and Clark, including Lewis and Clark through Indian Eyes.

We have lots of information on these and other interesting travel locations available in the library. Stop by and let us help you learn more about the wonders that interest you!

Are you looking for a paper topic?

Are you looking for a paper topic? World News Digest, one of the library databases, has a list of research topics available. To get to the list, go to the list of library databases at and click on World News Digest. The list is alphabetical. Once you have entered World News Digest, click on the box in the upper right corner that says “Need a Research Topic?” to get to the list.

Click on a topic in the list to get a short description of the topic with some interesting questions about it. You will also get links to overviews of that topic and related articles. Topics include, but aren’t limited to: climate change, U.S. immigration policy, stem cell research, and capital punishment. This is a good way to get ideas for a topic, or to narrow a topic you already had in mind.

If you have any questions about library databases or need help selecting a topic, just ask a librarian!

Leisure Reading at your library

Did you know? Libraries at the Aurora and Copley campuses have magazines available for leisure reading. Look for the magazine racks located in each library. Some of the magazines available are:

•NASCAR Illustrated
•Sporting News
•Midwest Living

Stop by to see all of the magazines that are available. We also have leisure reading magazines at the Sugar Grove campus, included in our current periodicals section, and a collection of paperback books. The paperback books are updated with popular new titles periodically.

The Aurora campus has a new reading area with comfortable chairs and benches. It is located around the corner from the computer lab right by the magazine rack.

Come by any of the library locations to enjoy a break and do some reading!

AskAway Illinois

The Todd Library is now a part of AskAway Illinois, the new statewide cooperative reference service. This means that anyone, students, faculty, staff, and the public, can get help with information needs 24 hours a day on any day of the week. The service is available every single day of the year. When you use AskAway, you will be connected to a professional librarian to help answer your questions. Afterward, you’ll receive an email transcript of your session. Questions can be referred to local and national experts for follow-up when appropriate. AskAway is staffed by librarians in Illinois and around the United States, including librarians from the Todd Library.

To use AskAway, click on the librarian on duty or send a message to a librarian link. Select 24/7 Assistance from AskAway Illinois, and fill out the form to begin chatting with a librarian. You will still have option to chat with Todd Library staff when our library is open. The AskAway option is available any time, and allows you to chat with a librarian even when the Todd Library is closed.

When you aren’t chatting with us online, stop by the library to pick up AskAway promotional items, like bookmarks, magnets, and pencils.