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Cite as You Write

You’re about 1/2 way through the first summer session – and that means that you’ve probably completed a literature search and are starting to compose writing assignments. Don’t leave citing your sources until the end. Cite as you write – so you won’t have to hunt down an elusive resource you put into quotes – but forgot where you found it.

The Citing Sources Subject Guide is a good place to start. There are tabs for each of the major citation methods used at GRCC (APA 7th ed., Chicago 17th ed., MLA 8th ed.) , along with links out to easy-to-use guides like The Owl at Purdue.

Need more help? Librarians are glad to take a look at your citations and make suggestions. Send your citations to Ask-A-Librarian, along with a note about what citation method (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.) you are supposed to be following. Not sure what citation style/format you are supposed to follow? Check your syllabus.

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Citing Sources Subject Guide

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Cutting Edge Success at Work

Whether you’re a Millennial new to the workforce, a more seasoned employee seeking tips to get ahead, or a manager assigned to mentor new employees, the ten streaming videos in the Cutting Edge Success at Work series can help. “Lessons are engineered for viewers to see a clear picture of success and to maximize effectiveness in communication, prioritization and organization.” This business training series was created by a psychologist and was filmed on location in Los Angeles in 2019.

It’s part of our Films on Demand streaming video database which is updated monthly. Logon with your last name and Raider number.

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Cutting Edge Success at Work: Make a Great Impression

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Don’t be an April Fool

World Backup Day is your “official” reminder to backup your digital documents and photos on all your devices. It’s no surprise that the day before April Fools is World Backup Day. You depend on those files to be available whenever needed – but that means you need to back files up to a secure location. Today – really!

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Recap: Open Education Week

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by Sophia Brewer

If you are thinking about Open Educational Resources (OER) and missed International Open Education Week (OE Week) – during Spring Break – we’ve got you covered. OE Week is when colleges and universities worldwide celebrate Open Educational Resources by actively sharing and learning about the latest achievements in Open Education.   

GRCC is a proven leader in the adoption and integration of OER. With GRCC’s latest data showing 5,062 students benefiting and 199 sessions using OER, we reduced student cost by $628,700 in Fall 2020. Yes, we are excited about what we have been able to save students, but we can do so much more if other faculty adopt OER. 

infographic showing the students served and cost savings due to OER during Fall 2020

Check out the Center for Teaching Excellence list of GRCC courses using OER, and contact Lauren Woolsey (laurenwoolsey @ is leading GRCC’s OER Initiative if you have questions. Our OER Subject Guide can help – and your liaison librarian will help you search for quality OER if you are interested. Whether you are curious to learn more about OER, or want to know what other colleges and universities are doing, check out the recorded sessions from this year’s OE Week:

For a complete list of sessions during OE Week, visit

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Where’d you find THAT info?

Citation Needed
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Citations contain detailed information about the sources used in your research – so the reader can track the source down, if needed. GRCC professors utilize a variety of formatting styles used for presenting this information, depending on your academic field, including Modern Language Association (MLA), American Psychological Association (APA), and Chicago Style. Consult your syllabus if you are unsure about which style to use. Regardless of which style you use, there are two basic types of citations:

  1. full citations – those you list at the end of your work (such as a Works Cited or References page) 
  2. in-text-citations – those within the text of your work 

See the Citing Sources Subject Guide for more. The Guide includes examples of citations for each of the three main formats used at GRCC, plus links to the Owl at Purdue, a highly-regarded website on citation formats. There’s more, too, about computer-generated citations (which can save you lots of time and librarians LOVE) but which should always be double-checked against the citation rules.

Still need help? Ask-a-Librarian!

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