March 26, 2021

Outstanding Research Paper Competition Award Winners

Congratulations to the award winning writers of the Outstanding Research Paper Competition!

First Place: Melissa Scott
“Bringing Postpartum Anxiety to the Public Eye” 
Written for English 1520 taught by Leslie Roberts in Fall 2020 (OR Campus)

Second Place: Heather McMinn
“Fall Risk: Prevention Nursing Strategies for the Older Adult” 
Written for NUR 1410 taught by Renee Fadel in Fall 2020 (HL Campus)

Auburn Hills Honorable Mention: Julie Wallace
“The Essential Nature of Comprehensive Sexual Education” 
Written for ENG 1520 taught by Suba Subbarrao

Highland Lakes Honorable Mention: Beth Suzanne Simionescu 
“American Health Care: As We Run, Stumble, and Stretch, What Are We Learning?” 
Written for English 1520 taught by Erika Bauer in Fall 2020

Orchard Ridge Honorable Mention: Amie Brown 
“Mass Media: The Foundation of Social Anxiety in Adolescent Girls” 
Written for ENG 1520 taught by John Mitchell

Royal Oak Honorable Mention: Lola Umarov 
“Why Should Insurance Companies Subsidize IVF?” 
Written for ENG 1510 taught by Lori Linden

Southfield Honorable Mention: Nicole Villareal 
“Challenge the Fast-Fashion Model” 
Written for ENG 1520 taught by Nicole Pitts

January 6, 2021

Library Success Seminars Offered Online for Winter 2021

Sign up for Library Success Seminars to learn more about library research topics like searching electronic databases, finding good web sites, and completing research papers. Ask your instructor about extra credit for these seminars.

All Library Success Seminars will be offered virtually though Zoom from 12-12:30pm

See the schedule and reserve your spot today!

December 7, 2020

Finals Fun at the OCC Libraries

Research Refresh
Meet with librarians to discuss citations and navigate the library’s databases. Come with questions.
  • Wednesday December 9, 2020 at 3pm - 3:30pm
  • Thursday December 10, 2020 at 11am – 11:30am 
  • Monday December 14, 2020 at 1:30pm – 2pm
  • Monday December 14, 2020 at 2:30pm – 3pm

Registration is closed for this session.

Happy Hobby Half Hour
Do you like to draw? Write? Cook? Bring your favorite hobby to work on and/or share with the OCC Library during our Happy Hobby Half Hour! We want to learn what you’re passionate about and see your projects!

  • Monday December 14, 2020 at 12 – 12:30pm

Registration is closed for this session.

Virtual Group Karaoke
Did you know that singing can jump start a slugglish brain? Join "DJ-B" and belt a tune by Lizzo, Lil Naz X, and others. No talent required!
  • Tuesday December 15 at 12-12:30pm

Registration is closed for this session.

Learn some basic yoga moves to relax and refresh.

  • Wednesday December 16, 2020 at 4pm – 4:30pm
Registration is closed for this session.

November 16, 2020

Outstanding Research Paper Competition

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Attention OCC Students!

Have you written an outstanding research paper for an OCC class?

The OCC Libraries are once again rewarding outstanding student work and this year, thanks to our co-sponsor, the OCC Foundation, the award amounts are even higher!

1st place = $ 250
2nd place = $ 150
5 Honorable mentions = $50 (one per campus)

Make your hard work pay off and submit your paper!

Here are the award details:

  • Research papers will have been written for an OCC course during the Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 semesters.
  • Students may submit only one paper 
  • First day to submit a paper: November 30, 2020 
  • Last day to submit a paper: February 14, 2021 March 7, 2021

What makes a research paper outstanding? Review the evaluation criteria that will be used to judge research papers. 

Submission Information:

Please ensure that all parts of the submission form are filled out. In addition to the submission form, a waiver form must also be signed and uploaded in order to be considered for this award. Listed below are the items necessary for submission completion, which include the submission form, a link to the waiver that must be signed, and the submission portal for the signed waiver. 

Starting November 30th, papers may be submitted via the OCC Library Research Paper Competition online form.

Questions? Contact Beth Garnsey at or the faculty librarian at your campus.

September 9, 2020

Zoom Reference Appointments With An OCC Librarian Now Available

Need research help for an assignment? You can now schedule a Zoom reference session to meet with an OCC librarian. 

Sessions may be scheduled at Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Evenings and weekends may be arranged by request.  

Please note: This service will not be available during Thanksgiving recess November 22-29. 

Schedule your appointment now!

For immediate help with a research question, you might try the Ask A Librarian chat reference service, available anytime.