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Why Use the OED?

OED Oxford English Dictionary graphic

The OED Oxford English Dictionary is a stellar reference dictionary used by writers, readers, and researchers internationally. The print version of the OED encompasses more than 20 volumes on the Reference shelves, while our online version can be used by GRCC students and faculty from afar. The OED helps you:

  • Find meanings of words throughout history and see how language has changed
  • Search through quotations from a wide range of sources and time periods (including classic literature, specialist periodicals, film scripts, cookery books and more)
  • Use the Historical Thesaurus to track the changing language of the material world, the mind, and society, from the Anglo-Saxon period right until modern day
  • Look for definitions, spelling variations, pronunciation models, etymology, regional origins, usage information and more contextual information about how a word is used

Check out the OED’s Oxford Languages’ Words of an Unprecedented Year – a really interesting – and readable – report at how language evolved during 2020. Anyone can sign up for this FREE downloadable report.

Connect to GRCC’s OED from the Databases page with your last name and 7-digit Raider number.

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Children’s Literature Tool Enhanced

CLCD database logo

Librarians implemented a new & improved Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD) database that will make Children’s Literature research easier! Need a science fiction title for a 12 year old? Looking for 5 books to use with a science lesson focusing on water, written at a certain Lexile? Or a book on Sojourner Truth for a 3rd grader? Hunting for a review of a children’s book? Or a list of award-winning children’s books? CLCD has those – and more!

CLCD provides diverse, unbiased reviews of PreK – 12 media of all types, along with thematic lists, 850+ award listings, and curriculum tools. And now, you can limit your results list to Juvenile titles that GRCC owns.

It’s an interesting and colorful database to browse. Take a look! Logon with your last name and 7-digit Raider number. For more on juvenile literature, see the Children’s Literature Subject Guide.

CLCD database search for Sojourner

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RaiderLoan Re-opens Fully

Full Document Delivery & Interlibrary Loan RaiderLoan service – in both print and electronic formats – from (most) Michigan MeL and our OCLC national and international library partners is back. Let the ordering commence!

GRCC ILL book in a mailing pouch

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Diverse Voices in Fiction

Fiction eBook Carousel

While most titles the Library purchases relate directly to coursework, librarians also curate a small fiction collection for both academic work and leisure reading. Librarian Lori DeBie recently added several literary fiction titles that you won’t want to miss.

These eBook formatted titles reflect the work of a diverse group of award-winning authors, including Jim Shepard, James McBride, Valeria Luiselli, Jhumpa Lahiri, Hasan Namir, Junot Diaz, and Ta-Hanesi Coates. Their creds span the National Book Award, Pulitzer Award, the Edgar, Lamda Literary Award, New York Times Bestseller, Amazon Best Books, Oprah’s Book Club, and more.

Take a look at the Fiction carousel of titles on the eBooks Subject Guide. Off-campus users will logon with last name and 7-digit Raider number. Read them online, or, download them to your device.

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Happy Belated Public Domain Day 2021

Librarians, faculty and scholars eagerly await “new titles” (books, music, movies) that exit from under US Copyright restrictions and enter the public domain. This year, titles originally published in 1925 and now freely-available include:

Great Gatsby cover
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
  • Irving Berlin’s Always
  • Hugh Lofting’s Doctor Doolittle’s Circus
  • Gertrude “Ma” Rainey’s Counting the Blues

Works from 1925 were supposed to go into the public domain in 2001, after being copyrighted for 75 years.” The Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, Sonny Bono Act, aka the Mickey Mouse Protection Act, extended their copyright term to 95 years. Wait no longer! Access to these and other older titles will soon be available – in full-text version – in the Internet Archive, HathiTrust, and Google Books.

Happy Belated Public Domain Day!

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