Grayland Artist Eric Faramus

Visit the Library gallery if you need a breath of fresh air and some vivid colors during these gloomy days.  Work by Grayland artist Eric Faramus is on display until mid-February.

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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!


Posted by Lauren, Updated by Chris

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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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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day hours and info!

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. the library will be closed on Monday, January 15th. We will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, January 16th.


Born January 15, 1929, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement, as well as an American Baptist minister, humanitarian, and activist. He believed in, and practiced, nonviolent civil disobedience to bring about social and political change in America.

If you would like to know more about Dr. King please visit the John Spellman Library. We have DVDs, eBooks, print books, and great articles for you!

Browse through the items on these links to get you started:

-“I Have a Dream” speech
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Biography

-The making of the Civil Rights movement
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Biography
-Dr. King’s Legacy

-Dr. King’s autobiography
-Coretta Scott King’s account of her life with Martin Luther King, Jr.
-Dr. King’s assassination and resulting impact on the country

-Leadership and vision
-Remembering the “I Have a Dream” speech
-Insights into Dr. King’s life

Remember, you can always filter these results on the left-hand side of the page. And, as always, your librarians are here to help! Enjoy your day off in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.



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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 Winter Quarter!

The library has many resources to use from the comfort of your own home!

Check our list of online resources, our Research Guides or even our tutorials.

For help, in person or online, with any of these just contact us!

Library Hours: M-W 7:30am-8:00pm; Th 7:30am-6:00pm; F 7:30am-4:30pm; Sat 10am-3pm

Online Chat Help: 24/7!

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Winter Break Library Hours

The library will be closing at 4:30pm on Dec. 7th (the last day of finals) and will be open Friday Dec. 8th from 7:30am-4:30pm.

December 9th through January 2nd, the library is closed for winter break.

Regular hours will resume at the start of Winter quarter, January 3rd, 2017.

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Thanksgiving Hours: early closure Wed, Open Sat

The library is closing early on Wednesday the 22nd, at 4:30pm, for the Thanksgiving holiday. We are also closed on Thursday, November 23, 2017 and Friday, November 24, 2017 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

We will, however, be open on Saturday the 25th for our normal hours of 10am to 3pm!!

Enjoy your days off!

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Cite Your Sources!

APA? MLA? Chicago? AAAS?

The library has citation guides for MLA , APA and Chicago style in print, and all those plus AAAS online.

Links to online citation help are available here.

Circulating copies of current MLA and APA manuals are available in our main collection. Please ask the reference librarian if you need help finding them!

When should you cite? What is plagiarism and how do you avoid it? Check out this great article.

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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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