Category Archives: Collection Development

Why Subject Guides?

Librarians curate [Subject Guides] to provide point-0f-use resources and tips that are related to the classes students take within an academic department. There’s a [Subject Guide] for each academic department, or, in a few cases, a combined Subject Guide serving multiple related departments. In addition, there are Subject Guides for all students, like [Careers], [Citing Sources], [eBooks at GRCC], or,  [Paying for College]. They are listed in alphabetical order – and we have more than 90 to choose from.

Subject Guide list

[Subject Guides] are a great resources for students because you’ll find a list of the best databases for your topic, copies of handouts that were used in our classes, a link to your liaison librarian, tips for searching, career information in the field of interest, browsing lists of periodicals serving a department, new titles, news feeds, and more.  They are especially handy and used a lot by students who are researching on their own.

Librarians also know that if you start using [Subject Guides] at GRCC, when you transfer to your next institution, you’re more likely to look for something similar at that school. And, because we use the same software as most US academic libraries for presenting our [Subject Guides], there’s a transfer of previous knowledge – aka – you’re going to be able to use them right away, on your own!

Take a look at the [Subject Guides] for the classes you are taking (or teaching!) and contact your liaison librarian with any questions, comments, or suggestions.

Communications Subject Guide

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Grand Rapids Press now Full-Image

You asked for this – and now it’s here –  full-page images for the Grand Rapids Press from 2018 to the present, as delivered through the Newsbank Michigan Newspapers database. (Off-Campus users should logon with last name and 7-digit Raider number.)  Other versions of the Press do not include graphics at all, OR, the MLive free version  does not include all the articles published in the print version of the Grand Rapids Press.     To see what other newspapers GRCC licenses, check out the News Subject Guide!GR Press front page
Grand Rapids Press image

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Before MLK Book Display

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 20), librarian Sophia Brewer has curated a book display entitled “Before MLK there was….” Featured are images of famous African Americans with selected books on their lives and works.  Come on over, grab a cup of free coffee, and take a look at the display found near the Library & Learning Commons New Books Shelving.  Titles may be checked out!

Before MLK Book Display

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Have you activated your New York Times Online? UPDATED INSTRUCTIONS

New York TImes Online platformsGRCC students, faculty & staff have complimentary access to New York Times Online through your GRCC Library!  If you’re new to GRCC, then follow the directions to activate your logon today – for free!

It’s a $110 value. If you’ve already created your logon (it’s good for one year) – take time to stay on top of national and world news. To create your account, see our NYT Subject Guide!

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Last Call – for Cookbooks!

It’s the last week for you to select FREE cookbooks. You’ll find them on the 1st floor of GRCC’s Library & Learning Commons.  The books are FREE – and we have bags and boxes to make it easy for you to take what you want!Cookbook giveaway

 

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