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Why is punctuation so important?!

Once a writer completes a manuscript and sends it out into the world, he or she loses control over how an audience will read and interpret the text. Since every reader’s mind works differently, writers must hope that the only tools they have, words and punctuation, will guide the reader’s understanding of the work.

Essentially, punctuation is a tool used to organize words to facilitate readability. Looking at a couple examples, it’s easy to see how a change in punctuation can drastically skew the meaning.

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If you would like to know more about correcting your punctuation and improving your grades try these great webpages:

Grammar & Punctuation libguide

Grammar girl’s quick and dirty tips

The blue book of grammar


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Downloadable ebooks

Yes, we finally have them. The ebooks in our collection Ebrary are now downloadable to your computers or mobile devices, though it does take a bit of effort the first time around. No, it’s not as easy as a skill-testing question; however, we promise it will be smoother the second time. Check out our libguide for the details: http://libguides.gprc.ab.ca/ebooks

Need some extra help figuring it out? Email cdean@gprc.ab.ca


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Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for GPRC Students

Ok, so maybe you’ve already got a long list of resolutions for 2012, maybe you’ve already broken half of them (or all), or maybe you don’t have any!  Consider these resolutions to get you back on track at school.

1) Attend all your classes this year. Remember, it’s up to you if you attend.  Your money, your grades, your responsibility.

2) Get organized! Go through your course outline/syllabus and record all assignment due dates in your Agenda book.  Determine how many days you will need to complete each assignment.  Mark the dates you will begin working on each assignment in order to get it completed on time!  Check out the Time Management Workshop Jan. 25th.

3) Get to know your instructor. Introduce yourself and ask questions during or after class.  Developing a relationship with your instructor is important so they know who you are when emailing them and when they are grading your assignments!

4) Note-share! If you absolutely have to miss a class, arrange beforehand for a class-mate to share their lecture notes with you (make sure you’re prepared to return the favour). Check out the Note-taking Strategies workshop Feb.1st

5) Create a study group.  Reviewing course materials with others is a great way to take the stress out of studying and can help you clarify ideas and concepts discussed in class.

6) Attend the Learning Support Centre workshops.  From January 25th to February 15, the Library will be hosting a series of weekly 1/2 hr  workshops for students.  All sessions run from 12:15-12:45 in F207.

7) Explore your GPRC accounts.  Do you know your GPRC email address? Do you know how to log into your Library Account? Do you know if one of your courses is on Moodle? Almost everything is online, which means, you need to know how to access important information especially for you! Don’t know the answer to these questions?  Ask Us at the Library!

8) Eat smarter.  Try to eat foods that are high in Omega-3 and vitamin B, which are known for improving brain function!  Eatcho Greens!

9) Get more sleep.  Getting 7-8hrs sleep a night can help you stay focused at school, reduce stress, and keep energy levels up.  Make it an early night!

10) Save money, pack your lunch!  Ditch the $10.00+ combo deal at the cafe or nearest fast food joint.  Instead, pack your lunch the night before and chow down on an affordable custom made lunch made especially to taste!


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Exams: Set-up for Success

There are several factors that determine success on final exams. While participation in class and reviewing material play a large role, below are some tips to improve your exam experience:

  • Find out, in class, what types of questions will be on the exam (matching, M/C, short answer, essay) and what percentage each type of question might be worth. [this may help you budget your time before setting foot in the exam room]
  • Form a study group to discuss which topics and key points will be on the exam. Hint: Think about topics your instructor emphasized, repeated, or even hinted at in class.
  • Prepare, Practice, Review, Repeat. Reviewing your material frequently (daily or weekly) helps with understanding and commits information to long term memory.
  • Lay-out your materials the night before(pencils, eraser, calculator, comfy clothes, etc.), especially if the exam is early in the morning.
  • Get enough rest the night before. Eat healthy and drink enough water

*Check the time and location of your final exam here:

GPRC Exam Schedule

More links for study guides and strategies, plus a few brain games:

Study Guides and Strategies

Academic tips and brain games


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Go beyond Wikipedia. Check out these e-Reference sources!

So you know Wikipedia isn’t the most credible or reliable source to use for your academic papers, but don’t know where else to turn to find that quick background information and a quick stat or two for your paper?  Check out these reliable reference items available through the library!

World Book Advanced
Online version of the renowned encyclopedia set, this resource also incorporates multimedia, e-book and primary source materials, along with dictionary, atlas, research guides and much more.

Canadian Points of View Reference Centre
Provides students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument), counterpoint (opposing argument), and Critical Thinking Guide.

Canadian Reference Centre
Provides access to regional content found in magazines, newspapers and reference books.

Canadian Student Research Centre
Provides a graphical interface similar to Student Research Center (SRC), but with subjects and content tailored for the research needs of Canadian students.

Health Reference Center Academic
Covers literature related to nursing and allied health.

Career Cruising
This comprehensive resource offers: a personal Portfolio Tool with a built-in Resume Builder; an Employment Guide and Job Search Tool; An Interest Based Assessment Tool; A Skills Assessment A Learning Styles Inventory; Over 550 Career Profiles; Information on Colleges, Universities, and Appreticeship Training.

Need help using any of these resources?  Ask Us!