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A City Within a City : The Black Freedom Struggle in Grand Rapids, Michigan

It’s not a new book, but it’s a great read. And, it’s finally available in unlimited user eBook format – that’s great since our print book is usually checked out. Dr. Todd Robinson‘s A City Within a City : The Black Freedom Struggle in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “Robinson examines the civil rights movement in the North by concentrating on the struggles for equality in Grand Rapids, Michigan. School integration and bureaucratic reforms as well as the role of black youth activism detail the diversity of black resistance. Understanding race relations in Grand Rapids has broader implications for illuminating the twentieth-century African American urban experience.”

A City Within a City : The Black Freedom Struggle in Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Need a Medical Terminology Boost?

If you plan to be ready to jump into your Fall allied health classes, or if you’re taking a Summer class where you’ve discovered your medical terminology knowledge isn’t quite up-to-speed, check out the Library’s Medical Terminology titles on the Anatomy & Physiology Subject Guide. Most are available in eBook format, while a few can be checked out from Course Reserve at the Library’s Circulation Desk.

One of my favorites is Henderson & Dorsey’s 2019 edition of Medical Terminology for Dummies. The for Dummies series is known for their ability to provide understandable text for beginners or those who need review.

Medical Terminology for Dummies
Medical Terminology for Dummies

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Congrats GRCC Author Tom Mulder

Tom Mulder, English Composition faculty member, recently had his book English Composition Teacher’s Guidebook: How to Survive (and even Thrive) as an Adjunct or Part-time Instructor published.

Written for English Composition faculty, the book will provide great ideas for any faculty member who seeks to improve student writing. Faculty who travel from campus to campus will also find tips for managing paperwork and expectations from each site.

From the publisher: “This book packages together all the coursework required for one complete semester’s materials in the introductory college composition course. It is concise but comprehensive, portable and accessible, pragmatic yet pedagogically and theoretically sound. And, it is filled with lessons and activities ready for any instructor to teach tomorrow-or even today, when necessary. This Guidebook is designed to help the part-time college writing instructor survive the first year of teaching an introductory college composition class. Written primarily for adjunct instructors, it could benefit any college professor, teaching assistant, or student taking or preparing to take the first-year writing course. Beyond survival, the Guidebook may even help you, too, to thrive.”

Congratulations on a job well done, Tom!

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Mulder Book Cover

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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.

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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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