Category Archives: Subject Guides

Encyclopedia of Mental Health – new online!

Encyclopedia of Mental Health coverThe long-awaited second edition of Howard Friedman’s Encyclopedia of Mental Health, covering all aspects of mental health, is now available.  With updated encyclopedia articles written by experts, our e-book version is easier to use than the print version; researchers will find more focused articles faster. GRCC’s Library licensed it for use by an unlimited number of multiple users at a time.   Encyclopedia of Mental Health was chosen as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2016.

This new reference book has been added to several Subject Guides and can be accessed through RaiderSearch Catalog as well. Browse this title now!

Licensed off-campus users may be asked for their last name and Raider number.

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America Saves Week: Save Automatically!

Save Automatically GraphicWhen you’re paying for college, it can be hard to put aside money for savings. But there is an easy way to save money without ever missing it by making your savings automatic in 2017. Already saving automatically? Find ways to automate other aspects of your financial life this year.

Learn more at a  GRCC’s free America Saves event:

  • Tuesday, February 28
  • ATC221
  • 12;30 pm to 1:30 pm

Take a look for more information on the CLS Subject Guide’s Financial Literacy tab.

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What Will You Be Making at Age 34?

Students and parents are rightly interested in potential future earnings.  A recent Grand Rapids Business Journal article about a Stanford economist’s “big data” research and subsequent analysis by the New York Times and a Michigan think tank is worth reading.  The entire original report of The Equality of Opportunity Project, which studies many aspects of upward mobility, is available online and on the LLC’s Statistical Resources Subject Guide.

“… Among two-year colleges in West Michigan, the highest median wage at 34 goes to students who attended Grand Rapids Community College at $30,700, and the lowest wage in the same category is earned by students who attended Montcalm Community College at $20,600.”

Are you interested in knowing more about salaries in potential careers?  Take a look at GRCC’s Career Coach and Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center. More career resources are available on the LLC’s Careers Subject Guide, and on the [Careers & Education] tabs on Subject Guides for academic departments.


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“The Met” Art Goes Open Access!

Metropolitan Museum of Art logoToday, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art  made history my implementing an Open Access policy. The Met has made “images of artworks it believes to be in the public domain widely and freely available for unrestricted use, and at no cost, in accordance with the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) designation and the Terms and Conditions of their website. Also available is data from the entire online collection―both works it believes to be in the public domain and those under copyright or other restrictions.”  Met content will also soon be available within ArtStor, one of GRCC’s licensed databases, where it will provide students and faculty even more robust search results.

For additional image resources, see the [Image] tab on the Multimedia & Image Subject Guide.  For more on Creative Commons, view this archived webinar, The Beauty of Some Rights Reserved – An Introduction to Creative Commons Licensing, from the Michigan Community Colleges Association.

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Application Process Now Open for GRCC Foundation Scholarships

GRCC Foundations Scholarships Book CoverYou can be considered for more than 300 scholarships by completing one application!

Applications for Grand Rapids Community College Foundation Scholarships are due by March 15. You are highly encouraged to complete a 2017-2018 FAFSA to be considered for the most complete award package. Questions? Contact Financial Aid at or (616) 234-4030.


Some important notes:

  • If you haven’t earned at least 12 credits from GRCC, you will need to submit a high school transcript.
  • Seniors must submit a transcript showing seven complete semesters.
  • Take a look at the LLC’s Paying for College Subject Guide.

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