Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Grossmont College Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

Happy Birthday to...us! Grossmont College is celebrating its 50th anniversary this school year. Next time you're in the library, take a moment to look at the library's 50th Anniversary Slideshow that is running on the monitor by the Center Gate. Interested in finding out more news about our celebrations? Check out the college's 50th webpage:

Monday, November 7, 2011

Let Your Fingers do the Walking: Take a Web-based Library Tour

If you'd like an easy way to learn about the library, take a look at our new web-based library tour. Go to our Library 1st Floor webpage where you’ll see a list of links that correspond to the numbered locations on the map. Click on the links to listen to audio information about the library, or read a transcript of the audio file. When you’re done exploring the 1st floor, click on the link to the Library 2nd floor to learn more!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Library Launches New “Resources for Online Students” Webpage

Do you remember that line from the Aladdin movie about the genie’s powers, “Phenomenal cosmic power…in an itty bitty living space”? The library recently launched a new webpage called Resources for Online Students, and it puts the power of the library at students’ fingertips by gathering together on one itty bitty page all the links to library resources that they are likely to need to complete research papers. There are quick links to article databases, library catalog, websites, citation help, and more. Take a look here: http://www.grossmont.edu/library/onlinestudentresources.asp

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Textbook costs got you down?

If you still need to get a few textbooks for your courses this semester, why not consider renting them? One source for textbook rentals is our own Grossmont College Bookstore. You might also try San Diego Book Renter (http://www.sdbr.bookrenter.com), Chegg.com, or CampusBookRentals.com . There are a growing number of companies that offer textbook rentals. So if the price of textbooks has got you down, consider renting! You may even be able to find some free textbooks at Bartelby.com or Gutenberg.org

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Is there a research paper in your future?

The library is here to help! We have several ways for you to get your questions answered and get the help you need. If you're on campus, stop by the Reference Desk any hour that the library is open and ask one of our friendly librarians. If it's the middle of the night, never fear--there's still a way for you to get the research help you need: try our AskUsNow virtual chat service. It's available 24/7. Just look for the AskUsNow button available on the Library's Home Page.

Monday, August 29, 2011

New Library Audio Tour!

Learn about your library by taking the new, self-paced audio tour. Using your camera enabled phone or other mobile device you can download a free QR app, and then scan the QR codes posted in the library to hear about various services. Don't have a smartphone? No problem! Pick up a script at the Reference Desk, and you'll be ready to take the tour. Learn about Reserves, the e-chat café, Circulation, Reference, using printers, the Media Desk, and other services offered in the library. Stop in any time to take the tour and learn about all the library has to offer!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Summer Hours

Summer school is in full swing, and the library is here to help. We're air conditioned, have plenty of computers and comfy chairs, and we have a research librarian on duty every hour that the library is opened, just waiting to help you with your research paper. The library is open M-Th 8am-6pm. Here's a link to the library hours page: http://www.grossmont.edu/library/hours.asp Come on in and visit us!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Term Paper Clinics for Spring 2011

Got the term paper blues? Come on into the Library's Term Paper Clinics for some expert help:
Research Help in LIL (70-267)

Here are the dates/times:
5/2 Monday 10 am to Noon
5/3 Tuesday 11 am to 1 pm
5/4 Wednesday 10:30am to 12:30 pm
5/5 Thursday 8:30 am to 10:30 am
5/9 Monday 10 am to Noon
5/10 Tuesday 11 am to 1 pm
5/12 Thursday Noon to 2 pm

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

If a picture is worth a thousand words…

…how much are 9.8 million freely usable pictures, images and other media files worth? Contrary to popular belief, not everything you find on the Internet is free for the taking. Copyrighted materials abound. Anyone who has ever tried to find photos, artwork, or other images that have no copyright restrictions for use in their projects will tell you that. If you need to create Web pages or web-based videos for class projects, you'll want to make sure that the images you use aren't infringing on any copyrights. Wikimedia Commons can help with that. Wikimedia Commons is a database of freely usable media files such as copyright-free photographs, diagrams, animations, music, spoken text, video clips and media of all sorts. Its primary purpose is to serve as a central repository for Wikipedia projects, but the media files it contains can be downloaded for use by anyone. Spread the word. Wikimedia Commons is a great source of freely licensed media. Check it out at: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

For those reference questions that just can’t wait: 24/7 Reference Chat

It’s often difficult for online students to come into the library to get research help. On campus students may find themselves needing research help while working on a paper at 1am. What’s a student to do? Why, take advantage of the library’s 24/7 reference service, of course! The Grossmont library subscribes to a service called AskUsNow! Students can get expert help from a Grossmont librarian during all hours the library is open. For after hours, or for those times when it’s more convenient to chat online, students can get research help by going to the library homepage (http://www.grossmont.edu/library) and clicking on the AskUsNow! icon. It’s as simple as that! Give our AskUsNow! service a try. Because sometimes, questions just can’t wait.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Research Help

Is that research paper you need to write starting to nag at you? Librarians love to help with research papers! Come on in to the Reference Desk in the Library for research help, or use our 24/7 AskUsNow! reference chat. Click on the AskUsNow! icon located on the library homepage: http://www.grossmont.edu/library

Monday, February 14, 2011

Online Reference Books Let You Do Research at Home

Did you know that the library has a collection of online reference books, making it the perfect choice for research from home? Our Credo Reference database has over 500 reference eBooks. Think of it--entire sets of encyclopedias, subject dictionaries and more can be easily searched and read from your home computer! Research doesn't get much easier than that. Check it out by going to the library's Database List and then clicking on Credo Reference.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Textbook Rentals

If you still need to get a few textbooks for your courses this semester, why not consider renting them? One source for textbook rentals is our own Grossmont College Bookstore. Another source is San Diego Book Renter: http://www.sdbr.bookrenter.com There are a growing number of companies that offer textbook rentals. So if the price of textbooks has got you down, consider renting!