More resources you can use from home – through SLED!

Have you heard of SLED? It stands for the Statewide Library Electronic Doorway and houses some amazing information resources for all Alaskans to access and use! If you haven’t already, we encourage you to take a look at some of the great resources they have available here:

A few new resources have been added for access through the summer, including Audio Book Cloud, eBook Public Library Collection, and Business Source Ultimate. You can also find resources like Learning Express, which provides test preparation and study materials on a variety of topics. Access them here:

Don’t forget that if you need any help finding information or resources, the Reference Librarians are still here to help – virtually! Check out our previous post for ways to contact us.

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Pandemic City: eBooks You Can Use From Home

When it’s hard to get to the library, it’s a good time to take a look at some ebooks that you can get to from home – you can find all of these works by searching on their titles in QuickSearch on our home page.

Now, I’m talking Pandemic City here – I’ll cover more distracting titles another time, but these ebooks will help in better understanding pandemics that are thankfully past, all-too-present, and (sigh) yet to come.  Most of them are firmly about one kind of pandemic or another, but others address pandemics as being only part of a larger context of potential disasters that could occur, just in case COVID-19 hasn’t provided enough excitement for you already.  Anyway, while we’re all a little sharper on pandemics than we were not all that long ago, good basic information never hurts:

* Pandemics: What Everyone Needs To Know – Doherty, Peter C. Oxford, 2013

* Pandemic Influenza: Emergency Planning And Community Preparedness – ed. by Jeffrey R. Ryan CRC Press, 2008

Of course, we have an excellent work on everybody’s favorite plague:

* Encyclopedia Of The Black Death – Byrne, Joseph P. ABC-CLIO, 2012

And to paraphrase Tina Turner, what’s politics got to do with it?

* When Science And Politics Collide: The Public Interest At Risk – Schneider, Robert O. Praeger, 2018

COVID-19 is certainly not the only pandemic humanity has ever faced; some authors look to the past:

* Flu Hunter: Unlocking The Secrets Of A Virus – Webster, Robert G. Otago University Press, 2018

* The Great Manchurian Plague Of 1910-1911: The Geopolitics Of An Epidemic Disease – Summers, William C. Yale, 2012

* Africa In The Time Of Cholera: A History Of Pandemics From 1815 To The Present – Echenberg, Myron. Cambridge, 2011

* Plows, Plagues, And Petroleum: How Humans Took Control Of Climate – Ruddiman, William F. Princeton, 2005

* The Pandemic Perhaps: Dramatic Events In A Public Culture Of Danger – Caduff, Carlo. California, 2015

While other authors look to the future, at a somewhat different definition of Alvin Toffler’s phrase ‘Future Shock’:

* Humanity On A Tightrope: Thoughts On Empathy, Family, And Big Changes For A Viable Future – Paul R. Ehrlich and Robert E. Ornstein Rowman & Littlefield, 2010

* Global Catastrophes And Trends: The Next 50 Years – Smil, Vaclav. MIT, 2008

* Megadisasters: The Science Of Predicting The Next Catastrophe – Diacu, Florin. Princeton, 2009

* Germ Wars: The Politics Of Microbes And America’s Landscape Of Fear – Armstrong, Melanie. California, 2017

I’ll finish with a couple of good print volumes in case you find yourself actually in the Consortium Library.  First is a good overall work:

* REF WA13.E564 2008, v.1 and 2     Encyclopedia Of Pestilence, Pandemics, And Plagues – ed. by Joseph P. Byrne Greenwood, 2008

And this last one is one good for nursing students, with one chapter about emerging infectious diseases and pandemics:

* WC100.W38 2012    Netter’s Infectious Diseases – [ed.] by Elaine C. Jong and Dennis L. Stevens Elsevier, 2011

Still, as a postscript, this has been such a serious subject for piling one difficult title on top of another that I can’t help but leave you with a diverting link to some amazing photographs that have – I promise! – absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with coronavirus, courtesy of the BBC:

Antarctic Seal Wins Top Prize

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Scholastic Self-Care and Research Help

We know how it is. Your spring break is unexpectedly extended, you may have to deal with housing issues, and you STILL have homework due?!  That big research project you’ve been avoiding thinking about is probably due in less than a month. Enter full panic mode!


Never fear — the Consortium Library Research Help Desk is here! Our reference librarians are available at the desk on the first floor of the library Monday-Thursday 9 am – 8 pm, Friday 9 am – 5 pm, and Saturday-Sunday 1 pm – 6 pm. Still looking for sources? Worried about how much information you have to wade through? Confused about how to use all the information you’ve found? And how in the world do you cite things? No matter what stage of research you’re on, we can help.

On that note, DO chunk your project up into bite-sized pieces. It’s easy to feel paralyzed by stress and anxiety, so set attainable daily goals for yourself. Identify 5 articles you could use one day, skim them the next, then write a paragraph summarizing what you learn from them on the third day. It may mean breaking a college-career-long habit of writing things at the last minute, but why make things harder for yourself right now? Give yourself some scholastic self-care.

If you’re working on some super specialized research, try reaching out to one of our subject librarians. They’ve specialized their research help based on discipline, and appointments with them could completely change the scope of your research (and hey, maybe bump you up a letter grade!).

We get it — sometimes it’s hard to leave your house or the coffee shop when you’re in the zone (or quarantined). You can also reach out to the reference librarians by email, chat, and phone. Click here to find out how. 

We’re all in this together. Take care of yourselves and each other. Go Seawolves!

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Librarians are still here to help

If you are concerned about venturing out due to the COVID-19 outbreak, or if you’ve relocated out of the area for the time being, don’t worry — reference librarians are still available to help you. Just contact us with your questions via SMS text, chat, or email. We can assist you in locating and accessing resources.

To contact us, visit our main page, and select the “Ask Us” link located at the top left-hand side of the page. From there, you have the option to chat directly with us (if our chat is online). Or, you can always call, email, or text us, or even schedule an appointment (via phone or Zoom) for a time that works for you.

Until further notice, the Consortium Library is currently open only to UAA and APU students, staff, and faculty. University ID cards are required to enter the building. Currently, we will be closing at 8 pm each evening. Information about the Consortium Library during COVID-19 is available on our website.

For more information and resources about the COVID-19 outbreak, check out this helpful LibGuide from Portland State University: .

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Happy Spring Break!

We hope you’re getting some rest during Spring Break, but if you’re working on projects or papers this week, the Research Help Desk is still here to help! We are open every day this week except Friday. You can always check the open hours of the library, the Research Help Desk and other departments here:

Working on assignments from home? No problem – you can contact us by email, phone, text, or chat! Find more information on our Ask Us page here:

If you’re doing research off-campus, don’t forget to log in for off-campus access to ensure you’re able to access all the articles and databases we are subscribed to. Log in from the homepage using your UA login.

Happy Spring Break!

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Celebrate National Women’s History Month!

March is National Women’s History Month! There are lots of ways to celebrate with the UAA/APU Consortium Library.

You can start by picking up books on the women who shaped our nation. Here are some suggestions:

E185.97.T8 G55 1993 Narrative of Sojourner Truth by Margaret Washington
E99.T6 B66 2019 Fighter in Velvet Gloves: Alaska Native Civil Rights Hero Elizabeth Peratrovich by Annie Boochever
PN4874.H478 M39 1983 Witness to War: A Biography of Marguerite Higgins by Antionette May
HV569.B3 P3 1941 Clara Barton by Mildred Mastin Pace

Is the book you want to read not at the UAA/APU Consortium Library? Place a hold on it and have it delivered to the Consortium Library. It takes a little time, but you may check out most of the books you see from any library in the catalog (reference books and archival materials excluded).

Too busy to read? No problem! Download an audiobook from the Alaska Digital Library.

If you want to research women’s history, check out this guide of sources your trusty librarians put together.

You could also look at some of the papers of historic Alaskan women in the UAA/APU Archives and Special Collections. They have papers of Lanie Fleischer (the woman largely responsible for Anchorage’s network of trails), Arliss Sturgulewski (the first female candidate for Alaska’s Governor). and Fran Ulmer (the first woman elected to state-wide office in Alaska). Take a look at the Archives and Special Collections’ guide on women’s history or contact the Archives and Special Collections directly.

Let’s celebrate some amazing humans!

Arliss Sturgulewski points a stern finger in Art Hackney's face
Pictured: Arliss Sturgulewski and Art Hackney in stern discussion in the Alaska Senate chambers. UAA-HMC-0467-B39-F5-5, Arliss Sturgulewski papers, UAA/APU Consortium Library, Archives and Special Collections
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Free online resources, what are they good for?

The Consortium Library subscribes to a host of high-quality peer reviewed online articles available through online databases, accessible both on and off campus with your student log in. These resources are useful for academic research and modern reviews of both historic and contemporary issues, including everything from scholarly journals to Sanborn Maps. So, it’s easy to forget there are reputable free online sources too. Project Gutenberg and Muse, both listed on the library’s database page, have legally digitized materials that either no longer have active copyrights in the U.S. or that have been paid for through grants. But what kinds of materials do these databases have and what are they useful for? Here’s more information about each site, from their own homepages.

Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world’s great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for enjoyment and education.

No fee or registration! Everything from Project Gutenberg is gratis, libre, and completely without cost to readers.

No special apps needed! Project Gutenberg eBooks require no special apps to read, just the regular Web browsers or eBook readers that are included with computers and mobile devices. There have been reports of sites that charge fees for custom apps, or for the same eBooks that are freely available from Project Gutenberg. Some of the apps might have worthwhile features, but none are required to enjoy Project Gutenberg eBooks.

-Project Gutenberg,, February 12, 2020.


Project MUSE offers open access (OA) books and journals from several distinguished university presses and scholarly societies. Through our open access hosting programs, we are able to offer publishers a platform for their OA content which ensures visibility, discoverability, and wide dissemination. These books and journals are freely available to libraries and users around the world.

Features of OA books and journals on MUSE

  • Search and browse using the same tools for all MUSE content
  • Appear in search results with content already owned by libraries
  • Require no login or registration for access
  • DRM-free, with unlimited downloading and printing

OA Books on MUSE

Books are made open access on MUSE through a variety of funding initiatives, including Knowledge Unlatched, NEH Humanities Open Book grants, TOME, and individual publisher programs.

MUSE Open, an initiative supported by a grant from the Mellon Foundation, enables Project MUSE to distribute selected OA books in browser-native HTML5 format, with enhanced functionality. Many other books are available OA as PDF files. The publishers of the books determine the licensing terms under which the books are made available.

Books may change their status on MUSE from paid access to OA, at the request of the publisher. Some books previously sold in collections may become OA; these titles will be delivered with their original collection(s) but are no longer included in the pricing for future sales.

OA Journals on MUSE:

  • Constitutional Studies
  • Journal of Appalachian Health
  • RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences
  • Southeast of Now: Directions in Contemporary & Modern Art in Asia
  • Sungkyun Journal of East Asian Studies

-Project Muse,, February 12, 2020.

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Textbooks on Reserve at the Library

Looking for a textbook? Your professors may have placed their course books on reserve at the Consortium Library! These books are available free of charge for either check out or in-library use (meaning you may only use them in the library). 

To see if your books are available on reserve, go to the UAA/APU Consortium Library’s home page and click on “Course Reserves” under “Services.”

You can search by Course ID, Course Name, or Instructor Name. Once you find your class or professor, click on the name to pull up the list of materials on reserve. Visit the Circulation Desk to pick up your books.

If you’d like more information about finding textbooks, check out this guide:

Happy studying!

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Learn More About Open Educational Resources (OER)!

You may have heard the term “Open Educational Resources” or “OER” but what does it mean for you?

Today, Dr. Roberts, the OER Keynote speaker, will be discussing “how open educational practices can strengthen sustainable connections between universities, rural communities and cultural learning contexts. She will suggest how university programs can benefit from learning from and with multiple learning contexts. She will also advocate for how learning networks can provide the foundational bridge that can interconnect learning communities in order to expand learning opportunities for all learners. This keynote aims to emphasize how student-centered learning and open educational practices can expand learning opportunities for all learners, especially those from rural and culturally diverse communities who may have previously felt confused when designing their learning pathway in university contexts.”

The talk will be taking place today, Tuesday February 11th 7:30-8:30pm at Beatrice McDonald Hall Room 116. This is a free event with free parking.

For registration information, including distance delivery options, visit

Want to learn more about Open Educational Resources generally? Check out the Library’s Guide here:

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The Great Backyard Bird Count is almost here!

Learn how you can participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count February 14-17, 2020. Begun in 1998, it’s the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds.

February is also National Bird Feeding Month. And to help you attract birds to your backyard and learn to identify them, check out this list of field guides, basic birding books, and much more found in libraries all across the state.

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