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Should you share it?

This is National News Literacy Week, an annual event that underscores the vital role of news literacy in a democracy. The and provides free resources to help people of all ages and backgrounds to become savvier consumers of news and other information. The week is sponsored by the News Literacy Project, a nonpartisan national education nonprofit, and the E.W. Scripps Company.

Visit and take the quiz, Should you share it?, to test your ability to tell the difference between social media posts that are false or misleading and those that are credible.

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Stop the Flood PSA

For more information on this important topic, see the Fake News Subject Guide.

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Espanol medico

If working in healthcare is your goal, knowing basic medical terms in Spanish will be useful.  You can learn, or brush up on, terminology using Subject Guide resources found on Medical Spanish.
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SAVE THE DATE: History Detectives launching new Youtube Channel

The award-winning History Detectives Grand Rapids program sponsored by local heritage organizations is back! This year, History Detectives will launch their new Youtube Channel on January 22, 2022!

History Detectives 2022 logo

Eight pre-recorded programs ranging from the shores of Lake Michigan through Grand Rapids to the State Library in Lansing. You will be able to view these programs starting January 22, 2022 at whatever time is convenient to you!

Members of the Greater Grand Rapids Womens History Council will be presenting Unearthing an Army of Women: Diversity in Our WWI Women’s Registration Cards. Join Ruth Stevens, GRCC’s own Sophia Brewer, Andrea Riley Mukavetz, and Sue Thoms to learn about the historical nuggets that can be found in an astonishing new resource. Collected in 1918, Kent County’s 23,000 WWI women’s registration cards are available on a searchable database, ready to reveal the diversity of women volunteers who crossed class, religious, racial, and ethnic boundaries to create, inadvertently, a mine of treasures not limited to Grand Rapids. Sociological, historical, and geographic veins remain largely unexplored. The presenters will highlight individuals and clusters of African American, Native American, and working women to illustrate what the cards can provide state- and nation-wide researchers; as well as fascinating tips on searching: “journalist” was not used, but “Indian” was. Tune in to explore the skills, held or desired, of a forgotten front line.

Click the brochure pages below to learn more about other programs premiering that same day.

History Detectives Grand Rapids 2022 brochure page 1
History Detectives Grand Rapids 2022 brochure page 1
History Detectives Grand Rapids 2022 brochure page 2
History Detectives Grand Rapids 2022 brochure page 2

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Need Help with Citing?

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“Citation Needed” – Wikimedia Commons.

We’re entering the homestretch of the semester – and assignments will soon be due. While we all know we should “cite as we write,” few students do. So, if you’re polishing up your researched writing assignments and need assistance, the Library can help. Three heavily-used resources librarians use to answer your citing questions include:

If you’ve got a citing question you cannot answer, copy the citation info into an Ask-a-Librarian form. Mention what format you are supposed to be following and whether you need an in-text, bibliographic citation, – or both – and submit it. A librarian will respond.

Remember, while database-generated citations are a great place to start, you *do* need to eyeball them to see that they match your assigned citation formatting style.

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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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