SLED for all Alaskans

SLED, Alaska’s Information Dividend, is a free resource available to all Alaska residents. Paid for by the University of Alaska and the Alaska State Library, SLED (Statewide Library Electronic Doorway) offers access to a plethora of databases and other sources covering many different topics.

Here’s just a sample:
Live Homework Help (tutors available to help students with a variety of subjects)
Learning Express (practice tests, career prep, and info for more than 4,000 schools)
Heritage Quest Online (genealogy resources)
Alaska’s Digital Archives (historical photos and more from AK museums and libraries)
Auto Repair, Hobbies & Crafts, Home Improvement, Small Engine Repair (DIY resources)

 

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Need biographical sources?

The Consortium Library has a plethora of information on biographies of people, both living and dead. Some are famous, others not so famous, and quite a few are names no one even knows.

Many sources are available online in QuickSearch, such as the Encyclopedia of World Biography, an entire encyclopedia devoted to nothing but biographies.

A sample of more specialized sources online includes the Dictionary of Literary Biography; Dictionary of Political Biography; and American Men & Women of Science : A Biographical Directory of Today’s Leaders in Physical, Biological, and Related Sciences.

Don’t forget there are also lots of print sources on biographies in the Reference section featuring artists, writers, women, presidents, musicians, Ancient Greeks and Romans, mathematicians, and on and on.  Ask us to learn more!

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September 8 is International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day, celebrated annually on the 8th of September since it began in 1965, is an opportunity for governments, civil society, and stakeholders to highlight improvements in world literacy rates, and reflect on the world’s remaining literacy challenges. The issue of literacy is a key component of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

This year’s theme, ‘Literacy and Skills Development,’ explores integrated approaches to support literacy and skills that will ultimately improve people’s lives and work, and contribute to equitable and sustainable societies. International Literacy Day specifically focuses on skills and competencies required for employment, careers, and livelihoods, particularly technical, vocational, and digital skills.

Get involved in supporting literacy efforts where you live through the Alaska Literacy Program or the Literacy Council of Alaska.

–adapted from the International Literacy Day website.

 

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Is my source primary or secondary?

Determining whether a given source is primary or secondary can be difficult sometimes.  And, just to make things more confusing, in a few cases a source can be both!

Consult the Library Guide, Primary or Secondary?, listed on the Get Help page to help you decide.

Also check out this blog post from the Library’s Archives and Special Collections about the Odlin Letter, a source that is both primary and secondary.

If you need more help, ask us!

 

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Celebrate Linus Pauling’s Birthday — February 28

Often considered among the most important scientists in history, Linus Carl Pauling, famous chemist and two-time Nobel prize winner, was born on February 28, 1901.  He is the only person (so far) to win two unshared Nobel prizes, for chemistry in 1954, and the peace prize, for his opposition to nuclear weapons, in 1962.

Read more about Pauling’s life and the many books and papers he published, including his peace activism efforts, in these sources available in QuickSearch.

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Get Ready for the Great American Smokeout on Nov 16!

This year, the Great American Smokeout will be on November 16, 2017, when smokers across the country take part in the American Cancer Society’s annual event. The Smokeout began nationwide in 1977, so this year will be the 40th anniversary.

Take a look at these resources from the Library Catalog that encourage people to stop smoking and take an important step toward a healthier life.

 

 

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Library Research Guides — new and improved!

Take a look at the new arrangement of the Library’s Research Guides.  Many are new, others have been completely revised, and the rest have been rearranged to make them much easier to find and access.

A special section called Get Help highlights selected How-to Guides, where you’ll find step-by-step instructions and other helpful information on many of the tasks you may encounter as you do your research.

We welcome suggestions for other Guides to add, so feel free to let us know what else you’d like to see on the list.

 

 

 

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July is Lakes Appreciation Month

Did you know there are over 3 million lakes in Alaska? Only 3,000 or so have official names. Celebrate one this July, when the North American Lake Management Society celebrates Lakes Appreciation Month.

The Consortium Library and ARLIS have a plethora of material on Alaska lakes, including information on water quality, fish populations, potential waterpower, maps, and much more. See a sample of the list here.

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It’s textbook time!

The Consortium Library does not purchase textbooks for classes, but fortunately you have some alternatives:

1) Stop by the Library’s circulation desk to see if the book for your class has been put on reserve by your professor. Make sure you know the instructor’s last name and the title of the item. Or you can check for yourself by going to the Library Catalog, change the default from “All Collections” and choose Course Reserves Consortium or Course Reserves LC (Learning Commons).  You can search by instructor last name, course name, or course ID.

2) Check if you are able to rent the textbook through the UAA Campus Bookstore or purchase a used copy.

3) Try one of the websites listed in our Textbook guide to rent, download, purchase used, or access an open textbook.

Good luck with the spring semester!

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Affordable Care Act — 2017 Enrollment Information

If don’t already have coverage for 2017, you may be eligible to sign up for health insurance through ACA’s Health Care Marketplace.  Open enrollment runs from November 1 – December 15, 2016 for coverage starting January 1.

If you miss the open enrollment deadline, January 31, 2017 is the last day to sign up to receive coverage for 2017.

There are many types of plans, so to help you decide, check out this helpful guide on the Affordable Care Act and Insurance Exchanges, kindly compiled by Sigrid Brudie, Alaska Medical Library.  Alaska-specific information is included there as well.

Despite election promises to end ACA, experts say to go ahead and sign up since laws prevent your policy from being cancelled during 2017.  If Congress ends the subsidies before the year is out, you can drop the coverage without penalty.

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