Answers with Authority: Oxford Reference

Using reference books to begin your research is a great way to find out facts, definitions, and other details that will familiarize you with – and help you better understand – a new field of interest. Reference books, including dictionaries, encyclopedia, atlases, handbooks, and manuals, pack a lot of information into titles that are easy-to-use.

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Oxford Reference Collection

At GRCC, you will find reference books in print on the Library’s first floor, or online through a variety of entry points. GRCC Library OneSearch will point you to articles in many reference eBooks. Most Subject Guides will list print and eBook reference books specific to that Subject Guide department or topic – often in a Reference Book box. Plus, we provide a Reference Subject Guide that can help you get started.

One collection of reference eBooks I particularly like is Oxford Reference; you can find it under the letter O on the Databases page. Our Oxford Reference collection contains over 300 reference titles from this highly-reputable publisher.

Whether you are starting your research and need an overview, or, if you are writing an assignment and realize you need to cite an authoritative, quality definition or explanation, try Oxford Reference. Logon with your last name and 7-digit Raider number.

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Take a Hike!

Saturday, June 5th is National Trails Day, sponsored by the American Hiking Society. There are hiking, biking, trail maintenance events scheduled all across Michigan. If you’re looking for something to do outdoors this weekend, take a hike!

Before you head out, read these Hiking 101 tips. And, if you’re not outdoorsy but aspire to be (or if you just like maps), get inspired by the Hiking Project.

Twin Lakes State Park is a small 175 Acre Park in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan located along MI-26. It features hiking, boat launch, camp grounds, playground The scenic shoreline, the lake, and the sky at Twin Lakes State Park, Michigan
Twin Lakes State Park is a small 175 Acre Park in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan located along MI-26. It features hiking, boat launch, camp grounds, playground The scenic shoreline, the lake, and the sky at Twin Lakes State Park, Michigan (Wikimedia Commons)

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June Hot Topics

GRCC’s NewsBank America’s News database provides Hot Topics – the “most popular trending news headlines and topics.” Hot Topics provide links to pre-researched subjects of interest.

June Hot Topics cover: growth of the Navaho Nation; the 2020 Olympics; Royal Dutch Shell court ruling; the Tulsa Race Massacre; the death of The Very Hungry Caterpillar‘s author, Eric Carle; and, the A-76 iceberg. Take a look at the June Hot Topics.

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Rhode Island-sized A-76 iceberg adrift in Weddell Sea
Rhode Island-sized A-76 Iceberg now adrift in Weddell Sea

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Get Out – Outdoors That Is!

To celebrate our nation’s wildlife, parks, and natural beauty, National Great Outdoors Month is celebrated in June. Now is the time to get outside, walk, hike, canoe, bike the trails, go camping, birdwatching, picnic – just get outside!

Don’t have the time or cash to visit a National Park? Then try one of Michigan’s state parks, or visit a Grand Rapids city or Kent County park.

Michigan State Parks

If working outside sounds good to you, check out Careers Outdoors, published in 2018, for more!

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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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