Use this guide to
- learn about the research process
- find books, ebooks, videos, and journals relevant to college skills
- search databases for success-related topics
- locate and evaluate relevant websites
- get help from a librarian
GCSC faculty, staff, and students have access to more than 100 online database subscriptions containing mostly full text articles. These are available 24 hours, seven days a week.
When the login screen appears (see below for example), use your GCSC ID as your Borrower ID. Your PIN/Password is your birthday in MMDD format.
If you do not remember your PIN/Password, you can use the link provided on the login screen to reset it.
Working with a librarian, students can learn to evaluate information and to synthesize that information into their projects and papers.
Instruction sessions and research consultations are available upon request to assist with research methods, database strategies, and evaluating case studies, literature reviews, and research critiques.
What the Best College Students Do
Call Number: LA229 .B24 2012
Publication Date: 2012-08-27
The author of the best-selling book What the Best College Teachers Do is back with more humane, doable, and inspiring help, this time for students who want to get the most out of collegeâand every other educational enterprise, too. The first thing they should do? Think beyond the transcript. The creative, successful people profiled in this bookâcollege graduates who went on to change the world we live inâaimed higher than straight Aâs. They used their four years to cultivate habits of thought that would enable them to grow and adapt throughout their lives. Combining academic research on learning and motivation with insights drawn from interviews with people who have won Nobel Prizes, Emmys, fame, or the admiration of people in their field, Ken Bain identifies the key attitudes that distinguished the best college students from their peers. These individuals started out with the belief that intelligence and ability are expandable, not fixed. This led them to make connections across disciplines, to develop a âmeta-cognitiveâ understanding of their own ways of thinking, and to find ways to negotiate ill-structured problems rather than simply looking for right answers. Intrinsically motivated by their own sense of purpose, they were not demoralized by failure nor overly impressed with conventional notions of success. These movers and shakers didnât achieve success by making success their goal. For them, it was a byproduct of following their intellectual curiosity, solving useful problems, and taking risks in order to learn and grow.