Getting More Out of Google — Get better Google search results and learn when to combine library databases with Google Scholar. Please note the location changes from earlier postings! All workshops are offered on a drop-in basis — no advance signup is needed.
- Monday 6-7 p.m. October 16 – meets in ATC213
- Tuesday 9:30-10:30 a.m. October 17 – meets in ATC228
- Wednesday 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. October 18 – meets in ATC217
- Thursday 2:45-3:45 p.m. October 18 – meets in LRC206
Did you ever wonder how some people always seem to know the latest news about a topic? Well, you can be that person, too. You can create a Google alert where you will receive email messages whenever matching news is published on the public internet. It’s great for keeping up with your major paper topic, a future field of expertise, with family members, a favorite actor or musical group, your future car, places you hope to visit, or, your hobby.
Go to Google Alerts, login to your Google account, and set up your Google Search Alert. You can select frequency, language, region, and number of results you wish to receive for each alert you set up. And, it’s just as easy to turn off an alert when you get tired of it.
This is one of the tips librarians shared in our recent Google & Beyond Workshops.
Google and Beyond Workshops with tips for better Google search results will be offered to GRCC students in February. Students will also learn about the Library and Learning Commons databases that provide 24/7 access to E-books full text periodicals — many including citing functions. These workshops will occur in the LLC computer classroom 206. No registration required!
- Monday, Feb. 6; 1-2 p.m.
- Tuesday, Feb. 7; 2:15-3:15 p.m.
- Wednesday, Feb. 8; 6-7 p.m.
- Thursday, Feb. 9; 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, is a database provider through which the GRCC Library is able to offer access to a variety of resources. Recently Gale released a new opportunity for users, developed in partnership with Google. Within Gale’s “In Context” databases users now have the capability to sign into their Google accounts from the database platform, in order to save articles found within the database directly to their Google Drives. Beyond downloading and saving articles, while reading through documents within the database, users are able to make notes on and highlight the article text. The markups and highlights will also be retained if the user then chooses to save the document directly in their drive.
The GRCC Library subscribes to Gale’s “Opposing Veiwpoints In Context” database, allowing students, faculty and staff to take advantage of the new functionality being offered! Click here to be directed to the “Opposing Viewpoints In Context” database record in the library catalog, from which you can access the database and its articles. Once you reach the database homepage, if you would like to test out the functions available, simply click on “Sign in” then log in using your Google username and password (see image below).
For more information about what kinds of content this database has to offer, below is a brief description from Gale’s website, about it:
“Opposing Viewpoints in Context is the premier online resource covering today’s hottest social issues, from capital punishment to immigration, to violent video games. This cross-curricular research tool supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes. Its informed, differing views present each side of an issue and help students develop information literacy, critical thinking skills, and the confidence to draw their own valid conclusions.”
Happy reading, highlighting and downloading!
Monday, Oct. 5; 10-11 a.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 6; 12-1 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 7; 6-7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 8; 3-4 p.m.
This workshop will share tips for better Google search results. Students will also learn about the LLC’s databases that provide 24/7 access to e-books, full text periodicals – many including citing functions. “Google and Beyond” will be presented in the Library and Learning Commons computer classroom 206. Our goals are:
- Search Google effectively and precisely.
- To know when to use library databases.