Category Archives: Learning Opportunity

Ask a “Good Question”

To get the assistance you need, it’s important for library users to “ask a good question,” but even more so when virtual technology stands between the requestor and the librarian. We suggest you share information about your topic and your assignment up-front including:

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  • specifics about the topic you’ve chosen, or, that you need help choosing a topic;
  • what class the question pertains to – or that it is for personal use – we help with those, too;
  • your professor’s name (we may know their assignment);
  • assignment specifics (must use peer-reviewed journals, MLA or APA citing, when it’s due, etc.); and,
  • what terms you’ve used and what databases or websites you’ve already searched.

For instance, “I’m taking SO200 with Prof. Jones. I have to write an annotated bib (APA) with 10-15 professional or trade journals and they cannot be older than 10 years. The topic I chose is “the impact of Covid on domestic violence.” I’ve searched OneSearch using those words but don’t know how to limit it to professional sociology journals. She said use SocIndex?? It’s due this Friday, so they have to be short articles. What’s the difference between an annotated bib and the abstract?”

GRCC has librarians ready and waiting to answer your questions – how may we help you?

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John Lewis: Good Trouble

John Lewis: Good Trouble.

In honor of Black History Month, we are delighted to provide GRCC students and faculty access to John Lewis: Good Trouble – “an intimate account of legendary U.S. Representative John Lewis’ life, legacy and more than 60 years of extraordinary activism.”

“After Lewis petitioned Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to help integrate a segregated school in his hometown of Troy, Alabama, King sent “the boy from Troy” a round trip bus ticket to meet with him. From that meeting onward, Lewis became one of King’s closest allies. He organized Freedom Rides that left him bloodied or jailed, and stood at the front lines in the historic marches on Washington and Selma. He never lost the spirit of the “boy from Troy” and called on his fellow Americans to get into “good trouble” until his passing on July 17, 2020.”

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Explore the World with the NY Times

How much do you know about Cape Verde, ColombiaBangladesh or Laos?”

Test your geographic knowledge with New York Times Country of the Week quizzes – representing over 100 countries. Travel restrictions aside, you can still learn about those places on those growing travel “bucket lists.”

Check out the Study Away Subject Guide for additional travel-related links.


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Happy Belated HVAC Day!

HVAC – Heating, Ventilation, and, Air Conditioning – you may not think about it until you don’t have it!  Maybe that’s why I’m a day late in highlighting the HVAC industry?  The Bureau of Labor Statistics has identified  HVAC to have a 14% industry growth in employment rates of technicians is expected by 2024, so you will want to consider GRCC’s certificate and degree programs as being a great career option. See what HVAC professionals do by viewing Residential Energy Efficiency Projects  from Films on Demand.  Logon with your last name and 7-digit Raider number.

GRCC boiler plant

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Craft ideas, anyone?

Hobbies & Crafts Database logoHobbies & Crafts Reference CenterYou and your family members probably have time on your hands and want to fill it. If you’re crafty, get some new ideas from the Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center Database. (GRCC users will be prompted for last name and 7-digit Raider number). Find links to instructive articles on: arts & crafts; collecting; home & garden; indoor recreation; kids’ crafts; model building; needlecraft and textiles; outdoor recreation; performing arts; science & technology; and, scrapbooking & paper crafts.  This database comes to GRCC through the MeL Michigan eLibrary system.  Just in time, right?

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