The Nobel Prize goes to…

This is the time of year that the Nobel Prizes are handed out to individuals that have made important contributions within Medicine (or Physiology,) Physics, Chemistry, Literature, Peace and Economics. On Thursday, October 13th, the recipient for the Nobel Prize in Literature will be announced. The Nobel Prize originates from Alfred Nobel, a Swedish businessman, inventor, engineer and chemist, who in 1895 decided to leave the bulk of his fortune in trust to establish a set of prizes. The prize in Economics was established in 1968 by the Swedish Central Bank (Sveriges Riksbank) in memory of Alfred Nobel. To find out more about the Nobel Prize, please take a closer look at the Nobel website. You can find out about the history of the prize and learn about current and past recipients at

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Quick Search

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.

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Find your summer reading material with NoveList

NoveList is a reader’s advisory database that the Consortium Library subscribes to. If you are looking for summer reading material, it’s a great place to browse. Some of the nice features of this resource include searching by genre or by age group, as well as reading featured articles or finding out about prize winning authors. This database focuses on fiction, so those of you who want the perfect summer escape can find ideas here to satisfy your reading needs. You can find NoveList by going to the Databases link on the Consortium Library website, right under Find Books and Articles. Happy reading!

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Check out the Consortium Library Prize

The Consortium Library Prize lauds an exemplary undergraduate research project from any discipline which demonstrates evidence of significant scholarly investigation and utilization of library resources, print as well as electronic. The winning student author will be officially recognized university-wide and will receive a $500 award.

Deadline: March 22, 2016 at 5:00pm
For more information, please visit the Consortium Library Prize webpage.

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Free parking for APU at the Consortium Library

Alaska Pacific University faculty, students and staff can now park for free in the lot surrounding the Consortium Library! Vehicles with a valid APU parking permit can park in the lots directly next to the library on the east and north side of the building. Note that APU parking permits are not valid for other parking lots on the UAA campus.

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The 2015 Nobel Prize Winner in Literature: Svetlana Alexievich

The Nobel committee has awarded Svetlana Alexievich “for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time”. Svetlana is known for her expansive oral history writings that document the breakdown of the Soviet Union.

Sara Danius, the permanent secretary to the academy explained that “For the past 30 or 40 years she’s been busy mapping the Soviet and post soviet individual,” and additionally, “it’s not really about a history of events. It’s a history of emotions – what she’s offering us is really an emotional world, so these historical events she’s covering in her various books, for example the Chernobyl disaster, the Soviet war in Afghanistan, these are in a way just pretexts for exploring the Soviet individual and the post-Soviet individual.” and “She’s devised a new kind of literary genre. It’s a true achievement not only in material but also in form.”

In the book, “Voices from Chernobyl“, Alexievich talks to hundreds of people affected in different ways by the Chernobyl nuclear accident. Another highly acclaimed book by Alexievich is “War’s Unwomanly Face” (1988), based on interviews with hundreds of women who took part in World War II. Here at the Consortium Library, we have among other titles, her book “Zinky Boys: Soviet Voices from the Afghanistan War“.

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Looking for Journal Titles

If you are looking for specific journal titles and would like to know:

a) Do we have a specific journal?

b) In what format do we have the journal (in print or online)?

c) What is the coverage of the journal?

d) What journals do we have within certain subject areas?

…then you can use the Journal Titles finder on the Consortium Library website. Go to Journal Titles in the main box and then type in your journal title or search by subject for a list of titles.

Tip: If the journal that you are looking for is in online format, you will be able to see what databases the journal is in and link directly to it.

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Alaska Maps

If you are traveling around Alaska this summer, you may want to check out some maps. You can take a look at topographical maps, road maps, fishing maps, historical maps and much more. A simple way to find out what we have is to type in to the Quick Search box: Alaska map.