Category Archives: Subject Guides

They Should Teach THAT in School….

Will College Pay Off? book coverSocial media onlookers recognize the phrase – They should teach THAT in school – usually about topics that families used to teach their own kids. The  Library’s Paying for College Subject Guide is one way GRCC teaches you about financial literacy.  Start reading – and maybe ask your family to read with you!

You might also want to take a look at Peter Cappelli’s Will College Pay Off? : A Guide to the Most Important Financial Decision You’ll Ever Make, PublicAffairs, 2015. It’s available in ebook multiple user license format – so we can all read at the same time. Off-campus users should logon with last name and 7-digit Raider number.



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Road Trip – Next Summer?

Faculty Led Study Away photo

Earning college credits during Summer sessions is a smart thing to do – but earning credits while studying abroad is even smarter.  GRCC offers several faculty-led Study Abroad experiences – and now is the time you should start thinking about how you might take part next Summer.  “Study Away includes a short-term travel experience designed as part of a credit-bearing course. The travel experience is intended to deepen the learning while preparing students to effectively travel. Study Away experiences may be local, regional, national, or international.”

Find out more about Study Abroad experiences see the Department of Experiential Learning website, their Facebook, as well as the Library’s Study Away Subject Guide.

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Experience the Dark Skies of Michigan

Rather than the bright lights of <insert your favorite city>, consider a summer jaunt to the Dark Side. In addition to 6 Michigan DNR Dark Sky Reserves, Headlands International Dark Sky Park, near the Straits of Mackinac, is a great place to stargaze without all the usual light pollution.   If you’re interested in astronomy closer to home, check out these local observatories on the Astronomy Subject Guide.

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Are You Market Bound?

Eating healthy is a great goal for the Summer, and nothing says eating healthy like shopping at a West Michigan Farmers’ Market.  The oldest and best-known is the Fulton Street Farmers’ Market,  but each surrounding town, and many city neighborhoods host their own. Take a look at this Michigan Produce Availability chart if you aren’t sure what to expect to see grocery-wise at a market.  Most Farmers’ Markets also sell blooming and edible plants if you’ve got a green thumb.

Visit your local farmers’ market regularly, and enjoy the seasonal selections.

For other news on living a healthy lifestyle, see the Exercise is Medicine Subject Guide.

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Are you reading the New York Times Online?

New York TImes Online platforms

GRCC students, faculty & staff have complimentary access to New York Times Online through your GRCC Library!  If you’re new to GRCC, then follow the directions to activate your logon today – for free!

It’s a $110 value. If you’ve already created your logon (it’s good for one year) – take time to stay on top of national and world news. For more on New York Times Online, see our NYT Subject Guide!

  • Click
  • Enter Grand Rapids Community College in the [Find school] field.
  • Click [GO] and then click [Create Account] using your GRCC email address and a password of your choice. Follow the screen prompts to activate your Group Pass.
  • Mobile users may download FREE New York Times Apps.
  • After your Group Pass has been activated, you may enjoy access to from any internet-connected network or location.


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