Get help with end-of-semester research projects

Are you working on end-of-semester assignments? If you’re having trouble finding sources or you’re trying to figure out whether a source is credible, contact the Reference Desk. Reference Desk Librarians can help you with every stage of the research process, from figuring out what to put in a search box to citing sources. When you’ve tried searching on your own without success for 10 or 15 minutes, talking with a librarian will save you time and frustration.

Call: (907) 786-1848

Email: http://ask.consortiumlibrary.org/ask

Live Chat: http://ask.consortiumlibrary.org/

Reference Desk First Floor Hours: https://consortiumlibrary.org/about/hours/research.php

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Financial Literacy (with a prize!)

Next week, the library’s display table (near the main circulation desk) will feature information on student and personal finance. Along with books and pamphlets, you’ll find posters with information about investing, fraud, saving for retirement, and more. These posters are part of an educational program called DASH for the STASH. Read the posters and answer questions for a chance to win a $1,000 contribution to an IRA. The posters will be available October 8-15, 2017.

UAA’s Office of Financial Aid hosts workshops throughout the year to help students take charge of their finances. Here are links to their calendars for workshops focused on personal finance and financial aid.

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Tax Forms and Tax Help

Tax forms have arrived at the library! You’ll find them just across from the Main Circulation Desk. We have the following forms and instructions:

1040EZ

1040A

1040

Need help with your taxes? Visit one of the many free tax preparation sites in Anchorage before April 18 to have your federal income taxes prepared and filed for free by one of AARP Foundation Tax-Aide’s IRS-certified volunteers. Consult the calendar below for more information.

AARP Tax-Aide

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Data sources for information about your community

Where can you find reliable information about your local community and the United States? Discover this and more at the Population and Economic Data Workshop taking place at the library tomorrow, October 18, 2016 from 9 AM to 4 PM. The event features presenters from the Alaska Department of Labor, the United States Census Bureau, and the Alaska Division of Community and Regional Affairs. We will have a full day of workshop sessions, and you can attend just one or all of them. Spots are still available; view the schedule and sign up here: register to reserve seats.

Can’t attend? Try exploring the data and statistics sources listed on the Government Information research guide: http://libguides.consortiumlibrary.org/government_information.

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Research help options at the Consortium Library

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:

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?

Research consultation

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Business/Consumer Information

Are you looking for information about a business or about consumers? Try ReferenceUSA. ReferenceUSA has information about large and small businesses, both public and private. Available consumer information includes income, marital status, age, lifestyle interests, and more. Don’t worry about this database being cut because of budget reductions; you’ll have access to ReferenceUSA through 2019.

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Financial Literacy Month

April is financial literacy month! If you want to improve your knowledge and understanding of personal finance and other financial matters, you’re not alone. The library has numerous books to help you learn about these topics; see below for a selection of titles. Many of these items will be on display through April 15th.

This year, the library will be a location for DASH for the STASH, an investor education contest. One statewide winner will win a $1000 prize to open or add to a retirement investment account, courtesy of the Alaska Division of Banking and Securities and the nonprofit Investor Protection Institute. To participate, visit the library, read four informational posters, and correctly answer a question about each poster. DASH for the STASH will be available in the library through April 15th.

April 4-8, 2016, the $avvy $eawolf program will host a variety of financial literacy workshops across the UAA campus. See the event calendar here:
https://www.uaa.alaska.edu/financialaid/FinancialLit/finlitmonth2016.cfm.

Our two most recent presidents have both acknowledged the importance of financial education in America. With Executive Order 13455, former President Bush established the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy, and President Obama established the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans with Executive Order 13646. You can find those Executive Orders here: https://www.federalregister.gov/executive-orders. The Financial Literacy and Education Commission, which is part of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, provides a listing of many financial education resources here: https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/financial-education/Pages/commission-index.aspx.

Selected Titles:

Kiplinger’s money smart women [electronic resource]. Bodnar, J. (2007).

Make money, not excuses : Wake up, take charge, and overcome your financial fears forever [electronic resource]. Chatzky, J. S., & Denaker, S. (2006).

Your money or your life : Transforming your relationship with money and achieving financial independence. Dominguez, J. R., & Robin, V. (1999).

Common sense economics : What everyone should know about wealth and prosperity. Gwartney, J. D., & Gwartney, J. (2010).

Personal finance essentials. Heath, J. A., & Lopus, J. S. (2012).

Clark Howard’s living large for the long haul : Consumer-tested ways to overhaul your finances, increase your savings, and get your life back on track [electronic resource]. Howard, C. (2013).

Debt-proof living : The complete guide to living financially free. Hunt, M. (2005; 1999).

Retirement planning. Jasper, M. C. (2005).

Zero debt for college grads : From student loans to financial freedom. Khalfani-Cox, L. (2007).

The budget kit : The common cents money management workbook. Lawrence, J. (2008).

More than you know : Finding financial wisdom in unconventional places. Mauboussin, M. J. (2008).

How to get out of debt, stay out of debt & live prosperously. Mundis, J. J. (2003).

Combat finance : How military values and discipline will help you achieve financial freedom. Neddenriep, K. (2014).

Currency of the heart : A year of investing, death, work & coins. Nichols, D. R. (2002).

The index card : Why personal finance doesn’t have to be complicated. Olen, H., & Pollack, H. A. (2016).

The 9 steps to financial freedom. Orman, S. (1997).

Women & money : Owning the power to control your destiny [electronic resource] Orman, S., & Denaker, S. (2007).

Millennial money : How young investors can build a fortune. O’Shaughnessy, P. (2014).

Money, a memoir : Women, emotions, and cash. Perle, L. (2006).

Picture your prosperity : Smart money moves to turn your vision into reality. Rogin, E., & Kueng, L. (2015).

Smart is the new rich : Money guide for millennials. Romans, C. (2015).

Finance is personal : Making your money work for you in college and beyond. Stephenson, K., & Hutchins, A. B. (2015).

Debt cures “they” don’t want you to know about. Trudeau, K. (2008).

Personal finance for dummies. Tyson, E. (2006).

Financial literacy education : What do students need to know to plan for the future? : Hearing before the subcommittee on education reform of the committee on education and the workforce. United States Congress, House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Subcommittee on Education Reform (2004).

Consumer debt : Are credit cards bankrupting Americans? : Hearing before the subcommittee on commercial and administrative law of the committee on the judiciary. United States Congress, House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law (2009).

The importance of financial literacy among college students : Hearing before the committee on banking, housing, and urban affairs, United States Senate. United States Congress, Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs (2003).

Budgeting pays off after school! William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program (2001).

100% financial literacy success. Wilson, G. (2013).

 

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College athlete labor decision: a government document

Do you remember reading about college athletes in the news earlier this semester?

In August, news sources across the country reported on a decision about Northwestern University football players who petitioned to form a union and, essentially, to be recognized as employees. That decision came from the National Labor Relations Board, or NLRB.

You’ll find a record for electronically-published NLRB decisions in the Consortium Library catalog; that record provides links to the NLRB Cases & Decisions website. As a participant of the Federal Depository Library Program, the Consortium Library provides access to government publications such as NLRB decisions.

Why might you want to follow that link to view this kind of government document for yourself? This particular NLRB decision is 19 pages long, and it is a detailed document that can’t be fully represented by a 30-second news clip or a 300-word news article. There’s no substitute for reading the full text for yourself. Also, locating the full text from its original source can lead you to related sources – in this case, the many other documents NLRB has pertaining to this issue. Following these kinds of breadcrumbs is key to doing thorough research.

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Goodbye LexisNexis, Hello Westlaw

If you use LexisNexis to find business and legal information, there’s a change coming to our database lineup that you’ll want to know about. Our access to LexisNexis will end on July 31, 2015. Earlier this year, we purchased Westlaw, a database that also provides business and legal information. If you’ve been using LexisNexis for your research, give Westlaw a try. If you have any questions about using Westlaw (or any of our other databases, for that matter), you can call, email, or chat with a Reference Librarian by visiting http://ask.consortiumlibrary.org/.

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Census Data Workshop

When I drove to work the other day, I was one of about 10,000 people in Anchorage who left for work between 8:30-8:59 AM. I chose not to leave home between 7:00-8:29 AM, when around 60,000 people in Anchorage travel to work, most of them in a vehicle that they drive alone. Good data can inform everything from your daily commute to salary negotiations for your first job after graduation. Tables B08301 and B08302 of the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, for example, provide information about work commutes for the geographic location of your choice.  You can search for this information through American FactFinder (AFF), one of the main tools for finding data from the US Census Bureau. AFF allows you to search for information about communities, housing, the economy, population, and much, much more.

If you’d like to learn more about Census Bureau data and the tools used to access it, reserve a seat for the Consortium Library’s census data workshop on Friday, April 24, 2015. A data dissemination specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau will lead the workshop in room 309 of the Consortium Library. There will be two sessions: Demographic and Household Data from 8:30 AM – 12 PM, and Economic and Business Data from 1:30 PM – 5 PM. You can attend one or both sessions in person or online through Blackboard Collaborate. Reserve your spot by April 22 using this link: http://goo.gl/forms/hsBvyq7xrd.

Session #1: Demographic and Household Data (8:30 a.m.–noon AKDT)

This session will highlight data from the main demographic programs of the Census Bureau, the Decennial Census and the American Community Survey. Topics include:

• How to start a data search

• Census Bureau demographic programs

• Census concepts

• Accessing the data

• Tips for grant writers

• Presenting the data

• Sources and resources

• DIY exercises (facilitated)

Session #2: Economic and Business Data (1:30–5 p.m. AKDT)

This session will cover the rich sources of economic and business data from the Census Bureau and will demonstrate how to combine economic and demographic data. Topics include:

• Economic concepts and terminology

• How economic data are organized

• Economic programs from the Census Bureau

• How data are used

• Data for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and researchers

• Resources

• DIY exercises (hands-on)

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