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.
Did you know April is Mathematics Awareness Month?
Celebrate by reading a biography of a famous mathematician (can you name one?) or a book on the history of mathematics. The Consortium Library has a plethora of books and other resources on all things math, as well as a collection of study DVDs for learning algebra, geometry, calculus, and much more.
Here’s a sample.
Well, no actually. The Consortium Library does not purchase textbooks for classes. Luckily, 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 Course Reserves and looking for the course 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!
In case you haven’t heard, you can now use a credit card to add money to your WolfCard!
You can deposit Wolfbucks, see a list of your recent transactions, or make a guest deposit to someone else’s card. Apple and Android eAccounts phone apps are also available.
Click here for more information about eAccounts and WolfCards.
Did you know that you can search beyond the holdings in the Consortium Library simply by checking a box in Quick Search?
Once you’ve done a search, look for the check box (below the search box and to the right of the number of results) that says:
Add results beyond your library’s collection
Using this feature will search all +900 million items known to QuickSearch. Click on the title of the item to place an interlibrary loan.
Celebrating over 100 years since its first publication, the content of the 96th Edition of the CRC Handbook of Chemistry & Physics (2015-2016) is available online.
A well established reference source, the CRC Handbook serves the scientific community as a prime source of reliable information for chemistry, physics, and related fields including constants, formulas, and much more.
You can also find it through the list of Databases (choose H from the A-Z list) or through the Library catalog by searching for the title and limiting to book/ebook.
Use the Table of Contents on the left side of the screen to explore different sections of the Handbook.
Google Scholar is another way to search for scholarly literature across multiple disciplines from one place. Google Scholar finds articles, theses, books, abstracts, and court opinions from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities, and other web sites.
And the most important thing! Be sure to access Google Scholar through the library’s homepage to turn on “Check Library for Full Text,” a value-added feature that will identify if the item is in the library’s print and/or electronic collection.
The best way to get there is to select “Databases” from the library homepage, and choose “G” from the alphabetical list.
What is that bird I hear every morning? Is that plant poisonous? How many kinds of edible berries are there in Alaska? Where is the best place to look for mushrooms?
For answers to these and other questions, take a look in the Library’s catalog for books, field guides, handbooks, and much more on the plants and animals found in Alaska.
Don’t forget that ARLIS has a variety of these sources as well.
MathSciNet, the comprehensive database covering the world’s mathematical literature from the American Mathematical Society, celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. The database includes reviews, abstracts, and citations for much of the mathematical sciences literature, with over 100,000 new items added every year. Coverage goes back to the early 1800s.
Compendex is the most comprehensive database of scientific and technical engineering research available, covering all aspects of engineering disciplines. It includes millions of citations and abstracts from thousands of engineering journals and conference proceedings from 80 countries, and covers well over 120 years of core engineering literature.
Browse indexes are available for searching by author, author affiliation, source, publisher, and subject terms.