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When you need help finding college-appropriate resources, selecting the best databases to search, citing, and a whole lot more, GRCC librarians can help during Reference Service Hours.
- Speak with a librarian at the Reference Desk.
- Phone: a Reference Librarian at (616) 234-3868
- Chat with a librarian using OneSearch Chat - we can share search results.
- Email via Ask-a-Librarian.
- Make an in-person, Zoom or Google Meet appointment with your academic department's Liaison Librarian (Email links are also found on Library Subject Guides.)
- Text (616) 201-4841 - great for short questions like "do we subscribe to***, what's the call number for ***?, etc.
Logging into Library Resources from Off-Campus
When you select licensed resources from the Library website, a logon screen appears.
- Type your last name and 7-digit Raider number - and you're "good to go." (Hint - no "W" in front of #.)
- You will be locked out of our server for 15 minutes if you enter the incorrect credentials too many times.
- If your name & Raider # combination does not work, contact the Library Circulation Desk at 616-234-3872.
Ask-a-Librarian Email Reference
WHO CAN USE? This email reference service is for GRCC students, faculty and staff. If you're a Middle College student, please tell us where you are taking your classes.
WHO ANSWERS? Questions are answered by GRCC's masters-degreed librarians.
WHEN? Whenever reference librarians are on duty - see Reference Service Hours. If we're closed, we will answer your question first thing on our next business day.
FOR BEST RESULTS: The more you tell us, the better we can answer. What class is this for? Who is your professor? Any assignment specs, like peer-reviewed journals? MLA or APA citing? Tell us where you've already looked. Typical questions include:
- The book XXX is already checked out. How can I get a copy?
- Where do I find scholarly and professional journals in *** field?
- How do I find the complete full-text for an article <insert the article citation>?
- How do I cite this *** document in APA? <insert the URL for the librarian to view>
- I at the Lakeshore, and my instructor assigned a research paper. There's no library here... what am I supposed to do?
Librarians will promptly contact you via your GRCC email or phone with an answer.
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