Where can I find ideas for a paper or speech?

The library has some great print and online resources to help you find topic ideas and begin your research.

Helpful Search Terms:

  • Contemporary Issues
  • Contemporary World Issues
  • Current Controversies
  • Opposing Viewpoints

You can find many books, articles, and videos in these categories on the library’s homepage.

Browse through this Book:

One fantastic all-in-one source for topic ideas is the book 10,000 Ideas for Term Papers, Projects, Reports and Speeches. You can find this book on the Reference shelf near the copier. The call number is 808.02 – ask a librarian for assistance!

Be sure to check out these Helpful Databases:

  • SIRS Knowledge Source
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context
  • Points of View Reference Center

All of these databases give you access to newspaper and magazine articles and Pro/Con viewpoint essays on hundreds of controversial topics.

To access these databases, mouse over the Search_&_Find tab on the library’s homepage click on All Sources. Scroll down the following page and click on Opposing Viewpoints in Context,  SIRS Knowledge Source, or Points of View Reference Center. The database will open in a new window and you can browse topics and issues for ideas!

 

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Library Hours for Veterans Day

The library will be closed on Monday, November 12, 2018 for Veterans Day. We will be open for our normally scheduled hours for the rest of the week- which includes being open Saturday November 10, 2018, from 10am-3pm.

Enjoy your day off!

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How can I find full-text articles?

The best place to find thousands of full-text articles is in the library’s databases.  You can search multiple databases simultaneously by entering a title, author, subject, or keyword using the Articles drop-down on the library’s homepage:

 

Alternatively, you can search specific databases by mousing over the tab, clicking on All Sources or Databases listed by Subject, and selecting a database from the list. Many of the library’s databases allow you to limit your search results to full-text. Look for a box that you can check on the search page.

If you find an article that’s not available full-text look for a ‘Check for Full-Text’ link, to see if we have a print copy of the article in the GHC library or an electronic copy in another GHC Library database. Not all the databases have the same information, so your article might be in one of the others!

The link could look like one of these:

check_full_text_3check_full_text_2 check_for_full_text

 

If no copies are found, please ask the reference librarian to order the article for you through our Inter-Library Loan process.

 

Questions? Ask a Librarian!

 

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How to use the Library from Home/Off-Campus

To access the library‘s many resources (including e-books, streaming videos, and library databases) from home, you need to log-in.

  • USERNAME:   This is the first initial of your first name followed by your entire last name, then add “@my.ghc.edu”
    EXAMPLE: John Smith, SID 123456789
    Username is: jsmith@my.ghc.edu

Please note: this is the same login that is used on the campus computers and in Canvas!

  • PASSWORD:   This is the initials of your first and last name, immediately followed by your entire SID.
    EXAMPLE: John Smith, SID 123456789
    Password: js123456789

If you encounter any problems, please contact us.

For more information on using the library from home, please visit our Off Campus page or ask a librarian!

 

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Citation help

The library has some handy links for getting help on citations!

In addition…Did you know that with the click of a button you can create article citations in many of the library’s databases?

Once you open an article in a library database, look for a citation button at the top or side of the page. Citation tools are most often located next to Email and Print icons.

You can create article citations in all of the library’s ProQuest databases (including ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry, Alt-Press Watch, Criminal Justice Periodicals, Ethnic NewsWatch, Nursing & Allied Health Source, ProQuest National Newspapers, and ProQuest Research Library) by clicking on the “Cite this” link (illustrated below).

 

Similarly, in Academic Search Complete, Business Source Premier or Education Source, you can create an article citation by clicking on the “Cite” button located under “Tools” on the right hand side of the page.

Cite this in Academic Search Premier

In some databases (like Granger’s World of Poetry, Poetry and Short Story Criticism, and BigChalk’s eLibrary), citations are automatically provided at the end of the article. In others databases, like ERIC and Artstor, you need to sign in or select images and documents in order to access citation tools. CultureGrams and World Conflicts Today make citations available through the “Additional Citation Information” link at the bottom of the page.

If you have any questions about creating article citations, please ask the reference librarian!

 

A Cautionary Note: While the citation creation features in our databases should adhere to the latest APA and MLA citation manual standards, we recommend that you examine your citations carefully for errors or omitted information. It’s your responsibility to make sure your citations are correct!

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Need help writing that paper?

The Writing Center is a space for all Grays Harbor College students to work on their writing assignments and receive individual guidance from knowledgeable tutors. The Writing Center offers a variety of services including:

  • Drop-In Reading and Writing Sessions – All GHC students can drop in the center during hours of operation to work on their reading and writing assignments and ask questions of the knowledgeable tutors available to help
  • In-Person Appointments – All GHC students can call or stop by the center to set up an appointment with a Writing Center tutor. Appointments are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and can be made up to two weeks in advance.
  • Online Tutoring – All GHC students can access electronic services provided in part by the GHC Writing Center. Students can upload assignments to the Online Writing Lab in order to receive feedback and they can also submit questions about their writing assignments.

Location: Spellman Library, room 1515
Phone: 360-538-4032
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 1:50 p.m.

 

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Math Brush-ups

The Learning Center is offering math brush-ups online or in short intensive workshops focused on various topics covered in Math 60-98 to help improve student success..

These are good for students who are interested in:

  • Preparing for the placement test
  • Previewing next quarter’s math class
  • Preparing for finals in their current math class

If you have questions or are interested in attending an in-person brush up, contact Kenji Seta or by visiting room 1519, Academic Success Center (first floor of library building).

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Research Tutorials to the Rescue

Having trouble choosing a topic? Trying to understand what kinds of information you should use? Looking for better search strategies or more search tools? Wondering what are Boolean operators? How to cite sources?

That’s why the library has a number of self-paced tutorials to help you with all things research!

  • Learn effective searching use Boolean operators AND, OR, NOT.
  • Citation help in several different styles
  • Generating keywords and search terms. Improve your strategy by using the best possible search terms.
  • Research can be confusing. Sometimes you need a little help to learn how to research efficiently and effectively. Use our IRIS (“Information and Research Instruction Suite for two year colleges”) tutorials, which cover all aspects of the research process, to focus on what you need to know right now.

This and much more, on our tutorials page.

Have questions? Please ask us!

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Open Hours on Saturdays!

Did you realize the library is open on Saturdays? It’s true!

Every Saturday during the quarter, 10am-3pm.

And we have online help 24/7 through our chat service.

Check it out!

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Welcome to Fall Quarter 2018!

Welcome new and returning students!

In addition to the books, magazines, journals and DVDs available in the library there are thousands more available online through our web site.

Don’t hesitate to contact us with questions! We’re here to help!

Library hours are:

Monday – Wednesday

  •  7:30 am- 8:00 pm

Thursday

  •  7:30 am- 6:00 pm

Friday

  • 7:30 am- 4:30pm

Saturday

  • 10:00 am- 3:00 pm

Sunday

  • CLOSED

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