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.
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.
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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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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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!
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.