Types of Information at the Library

Before we begin our discussion of how to search for and access library information, it is perhaps best to begin with a discussion of the many different types of resources available in the modern day library. These diverse resources are all available to GCC students, faculty, and staff for free. Some are available exclusively online and some are available in print. Below is a list of the most common types of information resources we carry at the library along with information on how one might access these resources.



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Libraries are perhaps best known their collections of books. Books are a great resource because they are able to delve deeply into a topic and provide a lot of great information in detail. The bulk of our physical collection is comprised of books and number over 100,000 items. However, we also have a very large collection of eBooks which can be accessed online.



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Perhaps the largest portion of our collection consists of articles. There are a large variety of different article types, which will be explored on the following page of this tutorial. However, all articles typically consist of one to several pages of printed text and are part of a larger magazine, journal, newspaper, or reference material. While we do carry some physical articles at the library, the bulk of our collection of articles can be found online.


The library also holds a large number of popular, educational, and documentary videos. These videos offer the unique opportunity to approach research topics from an audio-visual perspective rather than simply from reading text. At the library, we have a large number of DVDs and BluRay titles available for checkout. As well, we have a large collection of streaming videos that can be accessed online.


The library also boasts a substantial CD collection filled with both popular music and diverse music from across the globe. As well, the library has a number of musical scores, or sheet music.


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