Archive for Information Literacy

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:

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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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Our subject-specific Research Guides can help you TODAY!

The John Spellman Library has fantastic Research Guides, now conveniently available through a tab on our homepage! These guides will help you find topics and get started with your research.

Simply use the drop-down menu to select your subject of study. Each guide links to a variety of subject specific print and online library resources, including books and eBooks, magazines and journals, DVDs and streaming videos, and websites and apps.

Our Research Guides are designed to serve as great starting points for exploring topics and beginning research in a variety of subject areas. Check them out today!

And remember, there are many more library resources available to you and we are always here to help!


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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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Be News Savvy

Fake News is now a common feature of our information ecosystem. Learning to accurately discern Fake from Authentic News is an important skill that you will use for the rest of your life. In this Workshop we will discuss some handy evaluation tools for discerning Fake from Legitimate News. Come join us and please bring your lunch.


When: Wednesday May 24, 2017 at 12:00pm

Where:  Building 1500 Room 1520




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Primary and Secondary Sources – Know the Diff!

You will write many papers and reports in your college career, and some of those papers may require information from a primary source. What IS a primary source? How is it different from a secondary source, and how are you supposed to know the difference?!

Take a look at →→→this IRIS tutorial ←←←

IRIS is a fantastic site which provides guides and tutorials on a plethora of topics, most of which will help you greatly with your school work, paper-writing, and research!


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Where can I find peer-reviewed articles?

The best place to look for peer-reviewed articles is in the library’s databases.  From the library’s homepage, you can search multiple databases simultaneously by clicking on the Magazines/Journals tab and entering a keyword into the search box.

You can easily limit your search results to peer-reviewed articles by choosing to “show only” peer-reviewed journals. Look for this option in the upper left hand side of your search results screen.


For more options and specific library databases, mouse over the Search_&_Find tab and click on All Sources. Many of the library’s databases including Academic Search Complete and ProQuest Research Library have their own peer-reviewed check-boxes. Science Direct does not have a check-box, because EVERYTHING you find in Science Direct is peer-reviewed!



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Citation Help

The library has print APA and MLA style manuals as well as a collection of citation help links here.

But did you know that most of the library’s databases either have a citation button that you can click on to create article citations or offer full citations at the end of articles?

Once you have opened an article in a library database, look for a citation button near the top of the page. If you don’t see one, try scrolling down to the end of the article and looking for a full citation.

You can create article citations in all of the library’s ProQuest databases (including ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry, Criminal Justice Periodicals, Nursing & Allied Health Source, National Newspapers Core, and ProQuest Research Library) by clicking on the “Cite” button at the top of the page.


Similarly, in Academic Search Complete, you can create an article citation by clicking on the “Cite” button on the right hand side of the page.


Many of the library’s databases (including BigChalk’s eLibrary, Credo Reference, Poetry and Short Story Criticism, and SIRS), automatically provide citations at the end of articles.

In ARTstor, ERIC, and PubMed, you need to sign in or select images and documents in order to access citation tools.

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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Writing Center and Media Services

Want someone to review your almost-finished paper? Need help with APA, MLA or Chicago style? The Writing Center has got you covered. Stop in and see Alex and Yutaka at their new location…in the Library!

Monday 9AM to 1PM

Tuesday 9AM to 3:30PM (with a 30 minute lunch break at Noon)

Wednesday 9AM to 1PM

Thursday 9AM to 3PM

Friday Closed

You can also submit your writing to the Online Writing Lab and receive feedback within 48 hours.

Want help putting together a great presentation? Need to scan, laminate or print in color? Media Services has got your covered. You can check out cameras and camcorders for your class projects and Sarah Gillies-Alvarez, GHC’s Instructional Technician, can help you with PowerPoint presentations, audio, film, and photo editing, and more. Stop in Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM in room 1519 (first floor of the Library building).

All of these services are FREE to students!


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Subject Encyclopedias: Start Your Research Here

Subject encyclopedias are scholarly sources where you’ll find a broad overview of your topic as well as helpful keywords and search terms to use in your searches. At the end of most articles, you’ll also find a list of references or recommended reading, leading you to additional sources.

You can find both print and e-book subject encyclopedias at the GHC Library. To search for print subject encyclopedias, search for the word encyclopedia along with a subject (i.e. psychology and encyclopedia) in our Library Catalog. Ask a librarian if you need help finding items on the shelf.

To search our e-book subject encyclopedias, go to our ebooks page and click on Credo Reference or Gale Virtual Reference Library. (You’ll need to log-in from home/off-campus.) Enter your topic into the database search box to start finding articles!

To learn more about subject encyclopedias, visit IRIS, our research tutorial.

Have questions? Please ask us!


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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 Books:

  • Contemporary Issues
  • Contemporary World Issues
  • Current Controversies
  • Opposing Viewpoints
  • Reference Shelf
  • 10,000 Ideas for Term Papers, Projects, Reports and Speeches

You can find these titles in the Library Catalog. To search the catalog, click on the Books/DVDs tab on the library’s homepage. Simply enter a title in the catalog search box and select Title List from the catalog search fields.

Helpful Databases:

  • SIRS Knowledge Source
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context

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

To access either of 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 or SIRS Knowledge Source. The database will open in a new window and you can browse topics and issues for ideas!


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