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Video Game Years

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Video Game Years

Video Game Years is new to GRCC’s streaming video collection. This 13-video series “examines the history, culture, technological advances, and oddities of the video game world.” Learn (or reminisce) about the history of Pong, Odyssey2, Donkey Kong Jr., Texas Chainsaw Massacre, John Madden Football, Tetris – and many more!

The series is part of our Films on Demand database; logon with your last name and 7-digit Raider number. For other streaming video options, see the Multimedia & Image Resources Subject Guide.

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Answers with Authority: Oxford Reference

Using reference books to begin your research is a great way to find out facts, definitions, and other details that will familiarize you with – and help you better understand – a new field of interest. Reference books, including dictionaries, encyclopedia, atlases, handbooks, and manuals, pack a lot of information into titles that are easy-to-use.

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Oxford Reference Collection

At GRCC, you will find reference books in print on the Library’s first floor, or online through a variety of entry points. GRCC Library OneSearch will point you to articles in many reference eBooks. Most Subject Guides will list print and eBook reference books specific to that Subject Guide department or topic – often in a Reference Book box. Plus, we provide a Reference Subject Guide that can help you get started.

One collection of reference eBooks I particularly like is Oxford Reference; you can find it under the letter O on the Databases page. Our Oxford Reference collection contains over 300 reference titles from this highly-reputable publisher.

Whether you are starting your research and need an overview, or, if you are writing an assignment and realize you need to cite an authoritative, quality definition or explanation, try Oxford Reference. Logon with your last name and 7-digit Raider number.

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June Hot Topics

GRCC’s NewsBank America’s News database provides Hot Topics – the “most popular trending news headlines and topics.” Hot Topics provide links to pre-researched subjects of interest.

June Hot Topics cover: growth of the Navaho Nation; the 2020 Olympics; Royal Dutch Shell court ruling; the Tulsa Race Massacre; the death of The Very Hungry Caterpillar‘s author, Eric Carle; and, the A-76 iceberg. Take a look at the June Hot Topics.

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Rhode Island-sized A-76 iceberg adrift in Weddell Sea
Rhode Island-sized A-76 Iceberg now adrift in Weddell Sea

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Water Rights Video

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River’s End: California’s Latest Water War

Each month, GRCC gets new streaming videos in our Academic Video Online VAST database from Alexander Street Press. Click here for a complete list of this month’s additions. River’s End: California’s Latest Water War, the title highlighted this month, while about the California Water Crisis, will inform Michigan and other Great Lakes residents about this important political, environmental, economic, public health, and social challenge.

“River’s End explores the global water crisis, using California as a microcosm. It shows how water politics that led to the draining of the Owens Valley by Los Angeles, made famous by the film Chinatown, continue to this day in ongoing efforts to take ever more water from Northern California’s San Francisco Bay estuary. Except this time, the water grab is at the hands of industrial agriculture and its powerful corporate investors. River’s End inspires viewers to learn where their water comes from so that we can save our rivers and the ecosystems and communities that depend upon them.”

Access this and other videos through the Academic Video Online VAST database link, or, find them in GRCC Library OneSearch results.  For more media resources, see the Multimedia and Image Resources Subject Guide. Logon with your last name and 7-digit Raider number.

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May Hot Topics

GRCC’s NewsBank America’s News database provides Hot Topics – the “most popular trending news headlines and topics including sports, environment, business, fine arts and architecture, and more.” Hot Topics provide links to pre-researched subjects of interest.

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European Super League

May Hot Topics cover: Raul Castro’s successor in Cuba; a Malaria vaccine; glacial shrinkage; the Euro Super League; and astronaut Michael Collin’s death. Take a look at the May Hot Topics.

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