Thursday, December 3, 2015

Book Recommendations!

To help myself remember the URL, I'm posting this note from the ref desk here too!

Attention: Ref Librarians
We need book recommendations!
If you have one (or some!), please use this:
No account of login needed!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Printer Update

Both upstairs printers are now fixed  Downstairs printer still being repaired.

Another gentle reminder: color printer and scanner for students in the Jag Spot (E-0160).

Tuesday, December 1, 2015


Only one functional printer right now:  the one on the left on the main floor.  The one on the right has terrible print quality, so it is turned off, emptied of paper, and has an "Out Of Order" sign.  Please leave it that way until Aviva gives the "all clear."

The downstairs printer is making lots of noise, probably from a jam.  We hope that will be cleared before long.

Please remember that if all printers go down, you may open the classroom to print.  However, someone must stay in that room to help and supervise.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Update to Diebold Error Procedure for JCard

Pharos errors can be maddening for students (and us). Please see the post on the why of this error at

This error is triggered when cards are deactivated, most often because students haven't approved their Jcard policy in the SIS system.  Once the student completes the authorization, an over-night load is required before his/her card was good to go. Unless...

You (librarian) personally witness the student authorizing the Jcard policy in SIS and call the Clarkston office (X3330) when they are open (usually 9-5, M-Th, sometimes limited hours on Friday). The JCard staff person will ask for the student 900# and do an immediate activation.

I think we will keep the signs at printers as is, since it's never a sure thing that the JCard office will be staffed to do an instant activation.

Thursday, November 19, 2015


There was a question about how to find Grammarly at the reference desk this morning. In case anyone else inquires, the link is

About Grammarly:
Grammarly@EDU is an automated grammar tutor and revision tool for academic writing.  A web-based application, Grammarly@EDU works one-on-one with a student to develop sentence-level writing skills, prevent plagiarism, and reinforce proper revision habits.  Upload drafts of your writing assignments to Grammarly@EDU to receive immediate instructional feedback on over 100 points of grammar and double-check if all sources are properly cited!

MS Word Helps by Mary Ann

Guess what? The awesome Mary Ann Cullen put together a pdf  on how to format an MLA paper  using Word 13.  Here's the link:

The "Different First Page" explanation is very clear in these instructions.Thanks, MA!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Page Numbers in MS Word 13

This morning I had an epic fail with a student who needed to format a history paper with page numbers in the format: [her last name] p#. The tricky aspect was that there was not supposed to be a page number on page one. We went through a ridiculously cumbersome process of making section breaks, trying to get the format different on page 2 and beyond.  We never succeeded and instead reformatted and printed each page separately. Unfortunately, she was 15 minutes late to class.

So I was on a mission to find the most elegant way to achieve this.  The Word help menu actually did help.  As always there are multiple ways to do a job in MS Office, but this is the simplest way I found:

From the Insert Ribbon, choose Page Number from the Header and Footer section (toward the right).  At that point you can choose styles for page numbers; for me that was a top of the page, right justified, plain number.  BUT as soon as I chose that, I could edit and add name before number, which wonderfully then showed up on each of the next consecutively numbered pages. The problem was that page one still had the unwanted page number. The solution is way too simple.  Using the Header Footer tools, just click the box that says Different First Page.

Then I could go to the page one header and add the course name and number, instructor name, full student, or anything else desired without messing up the numbering in the rest of the document.

A small problem occurred because page numbers also mysteriously appeared in the footer. To get rid of them, click in the footer to activate header & footer tools; choose footer on the left side of that ribbon, and select remove footer.  If a student has content such as footnotes in the footer, I don't know what the solution would be, since the remove page numbers command erases everything I worked so hard to perfect.  Arrgh!

If any of you has similar little lessons to share which would help with tasks students frequently ask about, PLEASE send them to me or post directly to the blog.  If would be wonderful to someday take enough training to be a Microsoft product pro, but until then, let's help each other.  THANKS!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


A very short survey of reference librarians here tells me that we don't get many queries about ebooks, but just in case you get some, here is a replica of a handout with lots of helpful links (checked for currency today).

Books, Books, E-books, & More Books
GIL Find: (GPC)
GIL Find U: (USG)

E-books can be found in GIL-Find catalog or with Discover GALILEO. They can be browsed or searched in the following databases:
Ebooks on Ebscohost requires current GALILEO pw. Only 1 check out. No holds.
Academic Ebooks on Ebscohost requires GPC login and password. Unlimited check outs.
OneClick Digital requires GPC login and password. E-books AND audio books. Unlimited check outs. Instructions for OneClick are on this page: 

A full list of databases with ebooks  is on Sonya's guide:  

Friday, November 13, 2015

Career Services

If you get questions from a company about wanting to advertise jobs/internships on our campus, you can refer them to Adelaide Richardson - 770-274-5123.

Students need to use the email address to set up appointments to get career counseling.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Libraries Transform Notecards

Tamika has left a stack of notecards from ALA's Libraries Transform campaign on the ref desk. Feel free to use as fancy notepaper.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Access Science

There are promotional brochures at the desk for Access Science, one of our newest licensed databases.  You can find it in the A-Z index in GALILEO or here is a direct link:

The database has the content of the multi-volume print McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science, plus some enhancements that are possible in the digital format such as digital animations and hyperlinks to cited and supplemental material.

This license was requested by science faculty from Alpharetta as part of a grant proposal, so you might have students inquiring about it. 

Please try it out and feel free to record any comments or tips in the comments section.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

New ProQuest Databases

As part of the GSU consolidation, GPC students will gain access to some new databases.

The first to arrive are from ProQuest, which can be accessed as individual databases or collectively under the ProQuest Central platform. We already have Nursing and Allied Health Sources, which is a favorite of our Dental Hygiene students. Articles are already loaded into Discover GALILEO and can be accessed with the Find It button. New titles for us are listed below.

Banking Information Source
Biology Journals (ProQuest)
Canadian Business and Current Affairs Complete (CBCA)
Canadian Newsstand (ProQuest)
Criminal Justice (ProQuest)
Environmental Science Collection (ProQuest)
Family Health (ProQuest)
Health and Medical Complete (ProQuest)
Health Management (ProQuest)
Hoover's Company Profiles
OxResearch (ProQuest)
Pharmaceutical News Index
Political Science (ProQuest)
ProQuest Asian Business & Reference
ProQuest Career and Technical Education
ProQuest Computing
ProQuest Education Journals
ProQuest European Business
ProQuest Military Collection
ProQuest Newsstand
ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source
ProQuest Religion
ProQuest Research Library
ProQuest Social Science Journals
ProQuest Telecommunications
Psychology Journals (ProQuest)
Science Journals (ProQuest)
Snapshot Series (ProQuest)
Sociology (ProQuest)

ProQuest does a great job with training materials. Here are some options for webinars: Scroll down the page to see the recorded training from October 6th.

Have fun exploring the new resources and feel free to add any tips and tricks you discover in the comments below.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Equipment Checkout for Faculty Available

Faculty are now available to check out equipment such as digital cameras, iPads and more. The link below will give you more information about how to reserve the items and when you can pick them up.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

American History Assignment

As usual Will Simson has assigned a fascinating and creative research topic for his students.  They are to start with their own families, ask questions, and discover family history as far back as the 1920's, if possible. Then they will do library research to connect the personal stories of the four most interesting people in their families to major events in American history. There are two copies of the assignment at the Ref. Desk.

Students are able to use Ancestry Library Edition to find more info on their relatives.  (Play around with this resources, if you aren't already familiar. It is only available ON CAMPUS.) Then they can use the typical primary and secondary source books and articles to make links to U.S. history.

There are about 100 students doing this project, and each one will have a very different focus, but here's an example of one investigation.  A student knew that his grandfather fought in WW II and was able to find a picture of his draft card in Ancestry.  He can then look for other primary documents related to that war. (See the LibGuide for help . Milestone documents and Annals of America will be sufficient, but Academic Search Complete will also limit to primary sources.) He can find local news about the war in Historic Atlanta Constitution. (For more recent events, LexisNexis is better.) He can find general information in a plethora of books we have on the war. He can find academic articles about a battle (or country or branch of the armed forces) where his grandfather served. (Will will also accept articles from National Geographic and Smithsonian.)  As you can see, this is a very rich and interesting assignment.

However, it's also a tough one for students whose families have recently immigrated to the US. In their case, they are to research what was happening in relations between their home country and the US at the time of, or leading up to their move. There has to be some tie-in to US history.

Please add your thoughts to this post.  Thanks for helping the students.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Splitters Available

We now have two splitters available for checkout at the Circulation Desk. The splitter will allow two users to share a computer/laptop and watch a video/movie together.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Scanning Documents

The Business Spot (Jcard Office) no longer offer the option to scan documents. If students need to scan documents please refer them to the Jag Spot (Computer Lab), Room E160.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Notaries on Campus

Occasionally we get requests for notary services. We have two notaries public on the Dunwoody Campus:
Amy Roberts in the Dean's Suite, NA 1240. Phone 770-274-5462
Nancy Kilpatrick in Science Division, ND2000-9. Phone 770-274-5492
Please call for availability before sending a patron to them.

If you get a phone or chat inquiry about other campuses, refer them to the library in Clarkston or Decatur.  Each has a notary on staff. In Alpharetta send to the Dean's Suite, and in Newton to the Testing Center.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Streaming Video

This is a copy of Sonya' post on email.  Please ask if you are unclear about this. The bottom line is that students can directly access three of the four streaming film sources.  For SWANK, they need to go to their courses in iCollege to have access.

Sonya's text:
We had a number of questions lately through e-mail and chat about watching streaming films, so I want to make sure that we are on the same page answering them.

GPC Libraries currently offer four streaming video options: Films on Demand, American History in Video, Digital Theatre Plus and SWANK.
FOD, American History in Video, Digital Theatre are unlimited simultaneous use by all faculty and students, records for films are in out catalog. Films can be accessed through OPAC and through collections’ native interfaces.

SWANK – we currently have 25 full features films available for streaming (see list below). They are also unlimited simultaneous use, but due to the licensing requirements, links to these films should be requested by faculty and placed in iCollege before students can watch them.

So, when asked about watching streaming films:
-          Ask about the title of the film first to determine what collection can be used to access it.
-          If it is a feature film, check our SWANK list to see if it is available (
-          If it is available through SWANK, ask what class/ instructor it is for and advise a student that their instructor has to request a link and make a film available through iCollege class.
-          You are welcome to contact the instructor with relevant information about SWANK or ask me to do it.

More information about SWANK –
More information about streaming video in GPC Libraries collection -

Please let me now if you have any questions.

List of SAWNK titles that are currently available:
Anchorman (2004, Adam McKay)
Bamboozled (2000, Spike Lee) 
Battleship Potemkin (1925, Sergei Eisenstein) 
Bicycle Thief (1948, Vittorio de Sica)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967, Arthur Penn)
Casablanca (1942, Michael Curtiz)
Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
Crash (2004, Paul Haggis)
Dark Girls (2011, D. Channsin Berry, Bill Duke)
Do the Right Thing (1989, Spike Lee)
Gattaca (1997, Andrew Niccol)
Inception (2010, Christopher Nolan)
Monster's Ball (2001, Marc Forster)
New World (2005, Terrence Malick)
On the Waterfront (1954, Elia Kazan)
Paper clips (2004, Elliot Berlin, Joe Fab)
Psycho (1960, Alfred Hitchcock)
Pulp Fiction (1994, Quentin Tarantino)
Raging Bull (1980, Martin Scorsese)
Shawshank Redemption (1994, Frank Darabont)
Singin' in the Rain (1952, Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly)
Social Network (2010, David Fincher)
Tombstone (1993, George P. Cosmatos)
Waiting for "Superman" (2010, Davis Guggenheim)
West Side Story (1961, Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

GPC Reads 2015/16 Selection and Activities - Congressman John Lewis' "March, Book One"

The 2015-16 GPC Reads selection is the graphic novel, “March: Book One,” by U.S. Congressman John Lewis, along with Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell.

GIL record shows it as vol. 1.  There is a vol. 2, but it is not part of GPC Reads.
Author: Lewis, John, 1940 February 21-
Title: March / [written by] John Lewis, Andrew Aydin ; [illustrated by] Nate Powell. 
Vols. 1 and 2. 
Publisher: Marietta, GA : Top Shelf Productions, 2013-

FOR Vol. 1:
We have 3 copies on 3 Day Reserve (so they can take it out of Library)
We have 2 copies on Display, which checks out for 14 days (currently checked out)
The copy in Graphic Novel vol. 1 is Lost. 

Lewis and Aydin will speak about the book at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3, in the Cole Auditorium on Georgia Perimeter College’s Clarkston Campus. A book signing and reception will follow the event, which is free and open to the public.

For more info see,

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Back to School!

Welcome back, everyone! It's been too long since a post to DUN Ref. The summer was very productive with our inventory project.We'll be finished with most of the circulating book collection before classes start; work will continue on non-print and reference. I'll bet we finish completely by the end of September. Thanks to all who helped and are helping with it.

As students return, they will have many questions about enrollment and registration.  The best rule of thumb is to direct them to the appropriate office.  The ASK ME team has prepared two documents of FAQs and helpful phone numbers. You'll find copies of each on both sides of the desk. Please make sure the documents stay at the desk for the first couple of weeks of classes.  Please also wear an ASK ME button while you're on shift. Thank you!

Yesterday the library welcomed about 30 new Dental Hygiene students. What a great group they are. The program has really rigorous entrance requirements, so these are very capable and motivated students. Many use the library for research, and especially to study together, work on group projects, and generally help each other through the program.  If you want to be most helpful to these students, use your slow time to become comfortable with CINAHL and ProQuest Nursing and Allied Health databases. Practice some searches that you think would be of interest to them. Know also that we have several scholarly journals for that discipline in print for them (and you) to browse. Finally, there is a LibGuide designed especially for them at

You've received an email from Tamika about a Saturday brunch/meeting on the 29th. Hope to see you all there.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Student Wireless Networks

JagTalkStudent has been retired and replaced with JagTalk Open and JagTalk Secure.

As the names suggest, the first is not a secure network and the second functions much like the old Student network, requiring authentication.

This page has instructions for how to connect with laptop or mobile.

The benefits of the new secure network are that there will be a one-time authentication to the wireless system for the duration of the user's credentials.  Only the JagTalk Secure network will allow printing in the Pharos system, but we are awaiting instructions on how to access Pharos from any laptop or mobile device.  Please advise the students, most of whom will need to print, to use the secure network.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

How do I create a hanging indent in Word on my Works Cited page?

1.Place your cursor at the beginning of your second line, before any text

 2.Right click your mouse

 3.Select Paragraph from the resulting pop up menu

 4.Under Indentation, use the Special pull-down menu to select hanging

 5.Use the By menu to select 0.5"



Clinton, Bill. Interview by Andrew C. Revkin. “Clinton on Climate Change.” New York Times. New York Times, May 2007. Web. 25 May 2009.