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Spring Break 2021 Library Hours

Circulation & Building Hours

  • M-Th March 1-4 Open 8AM-5PM
  • F-Su March 5-7 Closed
  • No reference service

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I’m a little bit Country…

Nobody is better than Ken Burns when it comes to crafting documentaries that speak to almost everyone. This is the case with Country Music, an 8-part series on the history of country music – “from its roots in ballads, hymns and the blues to its mainstream popularity – and meet the unforgettable characters and storytellers who made it “America’s Music.”

Ken Burns Country Music DVD cover
Ken Burns – Country Music Series

Logon with your last name and 7-digit Raider number, and sit back and enjoy Country Music. For more music and performing arts videos, check out Alexander Street Press.

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Why Use the OED?

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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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First photo from Perseverence Mars Robot Feb. 2021
This is the first image NASA’s Perseverance rover sent back after touching down on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021. The view, from one of Perseverance’s Hazard Cameras, is partially obscured by a dust cover. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

On Thursday, NASA’s Perseverence Rover successfully landed on the surface of Mars – and scientists are already studying photos transmitted across the miles of space. “A key objective for Perseverance’s mission on Mars is astrobiology, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life. The rover will characterize the planet’s geology and past climate, pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet, and be the first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith.”

If you’re a “space geek” or wonder why “space geeks” are out there, you might want to listen to Why do Humans Want to Set Foot on Mars?

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Mars: When Will Humans Get There? The Economist. 2019. Academic Video Online: Premium Database. Web.

Congratulations to NASA and the Perseverence Team! For more on astronomy, see the Astronomy Subject Guide.


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CONNECT Library Faculty Newsletter Published

Every semester, the Library publishes the CONNECT Library Faculty Newsletter to inform professors about new and changed services and collections we hope you will share with your students. Grab that last paczki (there were some left?) and a cup of your choice, and read our newest issue.

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