Fall semester is almost upon us and if you are looking to acquire textbooks for your classes, remember that the library does not purchase textbooks. Luckily, there are some alternatives for you to consider:
1) Stop by the circulation desk to see if the book has been put on reserve by your professor for your class. Make sure you provide the people at the desk the instructor last name and the title of the item. Or you can check yourself by going to Course Reserves and looking for the course by instructor name, course ID or title.
2) Rent the textbook through the UAA Campus Bookstore or purchase a used copy.
For additional options: check out our Textbook guide .
SAGE Research Methods has relaunched on a new and improved platform. Some of the key features of the new site are:
- A unified platform for text and video content, providing users with a multimedia research experience
- A fully responsive site that will work well with all mobile phones and tablet devices
- Improved discoverability of content, both from within the platform and from external sources
- The Methods Map has been improved, allowing users to explore method concepts with greater ease. The browse options have been enhanced to align with user needs – allowing browse by discipline, content type, and method topic.
Do you need help researching a topic? The librarians at the Consortium Library are here to help! You can get research help by getting in touch with us in a number of ways:
- Come by the reference desk in person (see our hours here: https://consortiumlibrary.org/about/hours/ref_hours.php)
- Call us at 907-786-1848
- Email us through http://ask.consortiumlibrary.org/
- Chat with us through http://ask.consortiumlibrary.org/
- Schedule a research consultation (see the list of librarians here: https://consortiumlibrary.org/about/directory/liaisons.php)
What’s that last option? In addition to helping students with research at the reference desk, librarians at the Consortium Library meet with students one-on-one or in small groups in appointments called research consultations. Research consultations can really help move along a more in-depth project. What happens during these appointments? Anything from outlining a research plan to teaching advanced searching skills. How do you book an appointment? Contact the librarian whose name is listed next to your subject area at https://consortiumlibrary.org/about/directory/liaisons.php, or call the reference desk at 907-786-1848 if you’re not sure who to contact.
Here’s a nice after pic of a research consultation I had last week (used with permission by this kind student). Don’t you want to feel like this about YOUR research project?
Midsummer is a good time to look back at a few of the past academic year’s acquisitions. These titles reflect a wide variety of subjects, but this past year’s funding also enabled us to add many more titles than I’ve listed here; we are not likely to be as fortunate this coming year.
You can find links to the ebooks by looking the titles up in the Library Catalog or in QuickSearch. For reference books, our policy is to purchase ebooks before print when possible, so if a title on the shelf looks a bit old, check to see if there might be a more recent edition or treatment in an electronic format. I hope you find something useful for your research, your studies, your personal life, or all three — and if not, then please ask at the Reference Desk and we’ll do our best to help you find what you need.
eBook – Oil: A Cultural and Geographic Encyclopedia of Black Gold
ALASKA E99.T6 S53 2015 – Sharing Our Knowledge: The Tlingit and Their Coastal Neighbors
ALASKA G155.U6 B86 2015 – So, How Long Have You Been Native? Life as an Alaska Native Tour Guide
eBook – Issues in U.S. immigration, 2nd ed.: v.1: Accent discrimination—indentured servitude; v.2: Indigenous superordination—Zadvydas v. Davis
HM821.C676 2014 – Cut Adrift: Families in Insecure Times
eBook – Whose child am I? Unaccompanied, undocumented children in U. S. immigration custody
eBook – Guns Across America: Reconciling Gun Rules and Rights
LB1778.K45 2015 – The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide To Turning Your Ph.D. Into a Job
eBook – Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers
eBook – Latino stats: American Hispanics by the Numbers
REF BS511.3.O88 2013 – The Oxford Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation
eBook – Muhammad in History, Thought, and Culture
REF BP173.4.O94 2013 – The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women
eBook – American Civil War: a State-by-State Encyclopedia
eBook – Slave culture: a Documentary Collection of the Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project
eBook – World War I: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection, 2nd ed.
eBook – Beyond Rosie: a Documentary History of Women and World War II
HV6433.I722 M35 2015 – The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State
eBook – Women of Power: Half a Century of Female Presidents and Prime Ministers Worldwide
eBook – Sex and the Office: a History of Gender, Power, and Desire
eBook – The Other Classical Musics: Fifteen Great Traditions
REF ML410.S3 J65 2014 – Franz Schubert: the Complete Songs (3 vols.)
eBook – The History of Cartography: Cartography in the Twentieth Century, vol. 6
RC553.A88 S54 2015 – NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity
eBook – Twitter and Society
eBook – APA Handbook of Nonverbal Communication
eBook – APA Handbook of Psychology and Juvenile Justice
eBook – Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource of the Transgender Community
RC521.A38 2016 – The Dementia Caregiver: A Guide to Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Neurocognitive Disorders
BF575.G7 P37 2010 – Bereavement: Studies of Grief in Adult Life, 4th ed.
eBook – Archaeology of Food
eBook – Encyclopedia of the Solar System, 3rd ed.
eBook – Ring of Fire: an Encyclopedia of the Pacific Rim’s Earthquakes, Tsunamis, and Volcanoes
REF QL701.2.H36 2009 – Handbook of the Mammals of the World, Vol. 5 – Monotremes and Marsupials
Quick Search, located on our front page, is an excellent and easy tool to use instead of Google when starting out with your library research. With Quick Search you can find both articles and books in one location, using a simple search box. There are over 160,000 items included in Quick Search. For more tips and tricks, take a look at the handy guide for Quick Search.
The Homeland Security Digital Library produced by the US Department of Homeland Security gives quick access to an amazing range of US policy and legislation, presidential directives, and national strategy documents, as well as specialized resources such as theses and reports from universities, organizations, and state and local agencies that have been selected by a team of homeland security researchers.
The easy-to-search database features more than 30 topics including border security, cyber crime and infrastructure, hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, energy security, immigration, sea piracy, climate change, and social media use in emergencies. Just to give you an idea of the breadth of content available here, the reports and briefings produced by the Congressional Research Service that are included range from Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress [May 31, 2016] to Libya: Transition and U.S. Policy [May 13, 2016]. This is a fascinating resource!
In addition to celebrating Arctic Council’s 20th anniversary in 2016, the U.S. is now in its second year chairing this high-level circumpolar forum for political discussions on common issues to the governments of the Arctic States and its inhabitants. The U.S. chairmanship theme, One Arctic: Shared Opportunities, Challenges & Responsibilities reflects the U.S. commitment, with international cooperation, to protect the marine environment, conserve Arctic biodiversity, improve conditions in Arctic communities, and address the rapidly changing climate in the Arctic.
UAA’s very own former Chancellor, Fran Ulmer, is a member of the U.S. Chairmanship team where she serves as Special Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State on Arctic Science and Policy.
Canada, Denmark (including Greenland and the Faroe Islands), Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Russian Federation, and the U.S. comprise the Council’s eight member Arctic States. In addition, six Permanent Participants, organizations that represent Indigenous Peoples, are also members. The chairmanship of the Arctic Council rotates every two years among the Arctic States; in 2015, the U.S. took over the two-year Chairmanship rotation from Canada.
For more information, press releases of the U.S. accomplishments and goals for its chairmanship, and much more, click here.
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