Thursday, October 29, 2009

What do you really need to know about information literacy?

When you’ve found a good topic for your paper, you want to look for sources that give you reliable and true information. Your best bet is to look up specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries, or ask the reference librarian.

‘Great,’ you think, ‘I just check Wikipedia.’ Well, first of all the authors of the entries may or may not be experts on the topic. Secondly, anybody can edit the pages, anytime. Wikipedia can be a good source to quickly look up a topic, but always use other sources, as well. It is your job to find dependable and true information. Did I mention that you can ask the reference librarians in your library for help?

But if you insist on doing it yourself, you may want to look at several criteria, such as authority, currency and accuracy of the information, the author(s) point of view, the coverage and value of the information. This link explains it further with examples (2 minutes):

Now imagine you got an assignment to write a paper about cephalopods, and you came across this great page .

Would you use this website for your research paper?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Getting started with Microsoft Office 2007

Need to write a paper on one of the library computers? Our computers have Microsoft Office 2007 installed on them, and some of the features may be different from what you're used to. Watch this short video to learn about the basic features in Office 2007 and you'll soon be on your way.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

e-Reserves lets you read Reserve articles from home

It used to be that you had to come to the library to get Reserve articles—but now the library comes to you! By using e-Reserves, you can read articles and book chapters that your instructor has placed on electronic reserve right from your own home computer. It’s easy to find these through the library catalog on the web both on and off campus.

To learn how to use e-Reserves, here's a handy handout:

Or you can watch this short video

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Deals on computer software/hardware

As a Grossmont College student, you can get some great deals on computer hardware and software!

Check it out at:

Thursday, January 29, 2009

New library tutorials available!

Here's a new tutorial that helps you manage your library account online:

I-Link My Account Video Clip
I-Link My Account