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New GV Library “Find articles, books, & more” search – Tips for Success workshop


Description: Bring your questions to a 60-minute virtual (Zoom) workshop. We’ll spend the hour using your questions and  independent discoveries to facilitate a peer learning and sharing session exploring the Libraries’ new “collections content discovery” system. 

Dates/Times: Thurs 9/16, noon-1p.m. and Fri  9/24, 9-10a.m.

Library location changes:

  1. In DeVos, the Libraries’ instruction and computer lab is now located in Room 127A.
  2. The Curriculum Materials Library has moved inside the Steelcase Library in Room 114A.
  3. The new Frey Foundation Learning Commons is located on the second floor of the Daniel and Pamella DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health building and features a quiet reading room, two learning labs, study rooms, consultation spaces, and study spaces that support individual and collaborative work.

GVSU Joins HathiTrust: GVSU researchers will now be able to search and discover more than 17 million books and download public domain resources.

GVSU Libraries' Instruction YouTube Channel: Several short videos on topics like finding books, evaluating information, etc., that you can put in Blackboard.

Laptop loans for students:

Innovation fund proposal will accelerate OER: The University Libraries are leading the Accelerating OER Initiative to expand Grand Valley's support for the use and creation of Open Educational Resources through new programs, funding opportunities for faculty, and building capacity for library publishing. Learn more at our Accelerating OER webpage.

MeLCat: On February 1, 2021 GVSU Libraries temporarily stopped borrowing books from other libraries via MeLCat as we changed our search software. In the meantime, you can request items we do not own through our Document Delivery service, or pick up MeLCat loans from your local public library. Learn more about this service change.


This guide's purposes are to: help you learn more about communication while using information, provide resources for doing research as you complete the Master of Science in Communication, help you save time and energy, and successfully complete your assignments.

Each discipline or field of study has different values about types of information and procedures for research, so the resources here will be different from those you might have used in other courses in fields like Writing or Biology.

Annotated Bibliographies: How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography (From Cornell University. Includes examples.) and Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) (A selection of annotations in different styles)

The Literature Review: A Research Journey (From Harvard Graduate School of Education, Gutman Library) (introduction to the basics of conducting a literature review)

Author Rights: FAQ about your intellectual and creative property rights

Scholarly Communication: Copyright, Open Access

Thesis and Dissertation Information from GVSU's Graduate School

Library Basics

Subject Guide

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Online help during COVID-19: M-F 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. or by appointment.

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Mailing address: 240 Mary Idema Pew Library, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI 49401
Subjects: Communications
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