Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Navigate College Admissions Like a Pro!

Navigate college admissions like a pro! College admissions and financial aid can be confusing. Khan Academy resources include video interviews and conversations with successful students from all walks of life and admissions officers and counselors at some of the nation's top schools.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Textbook Reserves

Textbook Reserves! Find your textbook. Bright pink labels with your course number on the labels. Use our copiers to make a few copies of some pages. When you walk into the library, it's the first shelves by the Circulation Desk.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Dreamkeepers Grants

The Dreamkeepers grants are made to students who are enrolled in at least six units with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and can demonstrate an “emergency” need. These grants are for unanticipated emergency costs. Go to:

Friday, October 3, 2014

Literati Will Help You Do Faster Research

Have you heard about Literati by Credo? Literati is a discovery tool that combines reliable, citable reference content along with your library's resources and helps you to do faster, more effective research. Check out Literati:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

March and Rally for Climate Change This Sunday

This Sunday, September 21, the Peoples Climate March here in San Diego will join others across the globe to send a message to world leaders that now is the time to seriously address climate change. Here is the link to the event:

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Choosing Keywords When You Are Doing Research

Once you've decided on a topic for your research paper, next you'll need to choose keywords. Library databases search differently than Google. In Google, you can put in questions and long phrases, but in library databases you'll need to choose keywords. Here's a short video from another library that explains choosing keywords:

Need to Pick a Topic for Your Research Paper?

Studies say these are the top 2 most difficult things in doing research: 1) Picking a Topic; 2) Choosing Keywords. If you're having trouble picking a topic, go to the library's Database List and click on "Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center." Once you're in that database, from the black menu bar, find "Browse Issues." Look at the issues and find a topic that excites you. Click on the topic link and you'll find lots of resources all in one place: Featured Viewpoints, Academic Journals, Statistics and Images. For the next post, we'll deal with "Choosing Keywords."

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Group Study Rooms

Need a group study room? The Library has them! There are group study rooms on the 1st floor of the library--those are first-come-first-served. Check those out at the Circulation Desk. For group study rooms located on the 2nd floor, you can reserve for a particular day and time. Contact the Media Desk to reserve those study rooms. Some study rooms have PCs and TVs in them. You can also check out a laptop or a voice recorder from the Media Desk. There's even a single-person study room, for distraction-free studying.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

You Can Learn Anything

Khan Academy is on a mission to unlock the world's potential. Most people think their intelligence is fixed. The science says it’s not. It starts with knowing you can learn anything.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Request a Textbook for our Textbook Reserves

Hey, do you know about Textbook Reserves in the Library? Current textbooks are available for 3hr. checkouts (that's so that a lot of students can use the textbook in a single day.) If you don't find your textbook on the shelves, you can REQUEST that the Library buy a copy and put it on the Reserve shelves. Stop by the Reference Desk and pick up a request form. Deadline for submission is Wed., August 27.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Research Help for a Summer Course

Have a research paper to write for a summer course? A librarian can help! There's a librarian sitting at the Library's Reference Desk every hour that the library is open, just waiting to help you out. Stop on by.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Finals Are Almost Over--Summer School is Coming!

Finals are almost over--may the odds be ever in your favor! The Library will be open on June 2 from 8am-9pm. It will be closed from June 3 to June 8, and re-open June 9 for summer school. Our summer school hours are 8am-5pm Monday-Thursday.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Wondering Which University to Transfer to After Grossmont College?

There's a recent Gallup poll showing that prestigious colleges may not make you happier in life or work. The poll says that you want to focus on three aspects: cost of attendance, great teaching, and deep learning. Say, that sounds like Grossmont College! You made the right decision to attend Grossmont. Now, if you are making a decision on which university to transfer to, read this article:

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Explainer News

Understand the news. What? Normal news: This is what happened today. Explainer news: This is why what happened matters. Explainer news can help you write a better paper, because you understand the issues involved in a news story. Try or

Friday, April 25, 2014

Research paper due soon?

Tick-tock-tick-tock. Is time running out on getting started on your research paper? Come to the Reference Desk on the 1st floor of the library. The librarians will help you get some background information about your topic and point you to some credible resources. You can also use our 24/7 online chat service to get some help. Let us help you get the ball rolling!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Group Study Rooms in the Library

Need a group study room? The Library has them! There are group study rooms on the 1st floor of the library--those are first-come-first-served. Check those out at the Circulation Desk. You can reserve for a particular day and time group study rooms located on the 2nd floor of the library . Contact the Media Desk to reserve those. Some study rooms have PCs and TVs in them. You can also check out a laptop or a voice recorder from the Media Desk. There's even a single-person study room, for distraction-free studying.

Monday, March 31, 2014

"Library Research Made Easy" workshop on 4/2/14 at 2:30pm

On Wed, April 2 at 2:30, the Library is offering a free 1 hr. workshop. If you have a paper to write, save yourself some grief by learning a few tips on finding credible resources. You'll impress your instructors. You don't need to register, just show up in the Library Instruction Lab (70-267) this Wednesday at 2:30pm.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Get Help Filling Out FAFSA

Grossmont College Financial Aid Department is helping students with their FAFSA applications. Thurs., Feb 27 there’s a FAFSA workshop from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Tech Mall, room 70-103. Students can also get assistance by using the computers in the Student Services and Administration building to complete their FAFSA. It's important to fill out FAFSA applications before March. 2.

Affordable Health Insurance with Covered Callifornia: Student Health Services Can Help You Apply

33 days left to sign up for health insurance through Covered California. Starting in March, Grossmont College Student Health Services can provide information and help you apply. Between 8:30-1 on Mondays go to Griffin Center West Entrance. Between 9-11 on Tuesdays go to Health Services Room 60-130.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Introduction to the FAFSA

If you're wondering how college financial aid works and particularly want to know more about FAFSA, here's a Khan Academy video for you to watch:

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Google Scholar

Do you like using Google Scholar? You can set up Google Scholar so that it will search the Grossmont Library Databases for scholarly articles. Woo-hoo! Here is how: First, you'll need to set-up your preferences. Go to Google Scholar. Click the Settings button Gear icon (upper-right) and then Library Links (left-side). Type Grossmont College into the search box and click Find Library. Check the Grossmont College Library - Get It! @ Grossmont box. Save your Scholar Preferences. To open full-text from off-campus, click Get It! @ Grossmont and then enter your Grossmont username & password. For a step-by-step view of this process go to SJSU Library's Google Scholar tutorial .

Monday, January 27, 2014

Textbook Reserves

Got textbooks? Check out the library's Textbook Reserves to see if we have a textbook that you need. If you don't find it on our shelves, you can request that we buy it. Go to the Reference Desk and fill out a Textbook Request form. We'll take requests over the next 7 days, until February 5. Then we'll go out and buy all the requested textbooks we can until our funds run out!