Monday, December 2, 2013
Oh joy, it's that time of the semester when research papers loom. Did you know that you have librarians at your beck and call, just waiting to help you out? You can stop by the Reference Desk any hour that the library is open to get face-to-face help. Or you can get 24/7 online help by using our AskUsNow! service. Use your smart phone or computer to go to the Library website and click the AskUsNow! icon found on the home page.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Studying for a test with your study group? Need a place to prepare for a group presentation or a speech? The Library has group study rooms that you can check out, equipped with whiteboards, markers, and some with PCs and TVs. Group Study Rooms on the 1st floor are available on a first-come-first-served basis and can be checked out at the Circulation Desk. Group Study Rooms on the 2nd floor can be reserved at the Media Desk for a particular day and time. There's even a single person study room that you can reserve. The Media Desk also has laptops and voice recorders that you can check out. We have what you need to succeed!
If you need a topic for an upcoming research paper and inspiration hasn't struck, try browsing the topics found in the following sources. The Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center gives you a list of all their topics when you click on "Browse Issues" from the top menu. CQ Researcher also gives you a list of topics when you click on "Browse Topics" in the top menu. Finally, you can get topic ideas from the New York Times Topics Page These lists just might spark that "ah-ha!" moment and help you decide on a topic for your paper.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
The next Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys film will be shown in Griffin Gate on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 1:00-2:30pm. Koran by Heart is about 100 of Islam’s best young students from around the world come to Cairo for the International Holy Koran Competition. Many are in their late teens, some as young as seven. Koran by Heart follows the progress of three scholars, a girl and two boys, all ten years old, as they compete against students who, in some instances, are nearly twice their age. Scheduled during Ramadan, the two-week event is both grueling and exhilarating. Koran by Heart captures the skill, determination, and faith of the young competitors, but never lets the viewer forget that they are children: the solemn girl we watch as she accepts a prize from the president of Egypt is the same high-spirited kid who squeals with delight on her first camel ride. Afterwards, come to the library and take a look at the library's display board, located by the Reference Desk, that shows all the amazing books and films available from this collection. Questions? Contact Nadra Farina-Hess at 644-7283.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
6 steps to saving big on textbook purchases: 1) See if the Library has what you need in Textbook Reserves. 2) During the 1st week of the semester, go to the Library and request that we purchase a particular textbook for our Textbook Reserves. 3) Rent your textbooks from the Grossmont College Bookstore. Or check out Chegg.com 4) Check free sources, like OpenStaxCollege.org, 5) Comparison shop at CampusBooks.com, DealOz.com, and Bigwords.com. 6) Consider e-texts--Inkling, a free iPad app, offers e-book versions of popular textbooks for as little as 99 cents a chapter.
Monday, September 30, 2013
Please join us for the public performance of the film, Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World on Wednesday, October 2 at 2:15 (90 min)in Griffin Gate (room 60-180) This ninety-minute film takes audiences on an epic journey across nine countries and over 1,400 years of history. It explores the richness of Islamic art in objects big and small, from great ornamented palaces and the play of light in monumental mosques to the exquisite beauty of ceramics, carved boxes, paintings and metal work. It revels in the use of color and finds commonalities in a shared artistic heritage with the West and East. The film also examines the unique ways in which Islamic art turns calligraphy and the written word into masterpieces and develops water into an expressive, useful art form. Like all art, Islamic art carries with it the fundamental values and perspectives of the artists who created it as well as those who commissioned and paid for it. It incorporates the basic themes of transcendent beauty common to all creative endeavors. The film reveals the variety and diversity of Islamic art, offering a window into Islamic culture and a variety of perspectives on enduring themes that have propelled human history and fueled the rise of world civilization over the centuries. This film is the second of three films being shown as part of the Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys Bookshelf grant. Please contact Nadra Farina-Hess at 644-7283 with questions.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Do you need another unit? Are you planning on transferring to National University or other college which requires you take a library research class? Sign up for LIR 110! This 8 week class starts Oct. 14. This is an online class using Blackboard. Register today on WedAdvisor!