Consider applying for the Consortium Library Award

The Consortium Library Award for Undergraduate Research recognizes and honors an undergraduate research paper or project that demonstrates significant use of the Library’s collections or services.

The committee accepts applications from the Monday after Thanksgiving to the Monday after spring break.

This year: December 2, 2019 to March 16, 2020

The Award amount is $500

To learn more about the award and to apply please visit the Consortium Library Award guide.

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Richard K. Nelson

Richard K. Nelson, a remarkable Alaskan, passed away on Monday, November 4th, 2019.  I never met the man, but I’ve been touched by his work for over forty years, ever since I read Hunters of the Northern Ice and Hunters of the Northern Forest in 1975.  He was an anthropologist originally from Wisconsin, and what he learned and experienced in researching his Alaskan ethnographies changed his life forever.  He eventually settled in Sitka, wrote books (including the meditative The Island Within), participated in a five-part video series accompanying Make Prayers to the Raven, and literally found his voice in creating the radio program Encounters, “A program of observations, experiences, and reflections on the world around us.”  His deep knowledge, optimism, and enthusiasm come through so clearly, as does the sound of whatever subject his parabolic microphone was capturing while he recorded his episodes in the field, be it polar bears, sandhill cranes, whales, or even — during visits to Australia — wombats.

Here are a few of Nelson’s works in the Consortium Library:

ALASKA E99.E7 N43 1969
Hunters of the Northern Ice

ALASKA E99.K84 N44 1973
Hunters of the Northern Forest: Designs for Survival Among the Alaskan Kutchin

ALASKA GN21.N45 A3 1989
The Island Within

ALASKA E99.K79 N44 1983
Make Prayers to the Raven: A Koyukon View of the Northern Forest

ALASKA QL765.N45 2005
Encounters: Radio Experiences in the North (6 CDs)

The video series Make Prayers to the Raven can be borrowed on 2 DVDs from other Alaska libraries in our system.  But you can also listen to 108 Encounters episodes simply by going here:

https://www.encountersnorth.org/listen-index

We’re lucky to have such an audio archive available: a few minutes with Richard Nelson can inform and brighten your life, and help you better appreciate the Alaska that is all around us.

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Consortium Library Award

The Consortium Library Award for Undergraduate Research recognizes and honors an undergraduate research paper or project that demonstrates significant use of the Library’s collections or services. You can apply for this award for a project that you completed within the current or prior three semesters (spring, summer, and fall). The committee accepts applications from the Monday after Thanksgiving to the Monday after spring break.
This academic year, those dates are December 2, 2019 to March 16, 2020.
For more information, please see the Consortium Library Award guide: https://libguides.consortiumlibrary.org/award.

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Citing Sources in APA, MLA and CMS

Some of the most frequently used citation styles at UAA happen to be APA (American Psychological Association), MLA (Modern Language Assocation) and CMS (Chicago Manual of Style). If you are asked to cite your sources in any of these formats, you can refer to the abbreviated online style guides found in the Citing Sources Guide on the Consortium Library Website. The style guides are on the second tab called Citation Styles. Remember, when you quote, paraphrase, summarize, or otherwise refer to the work of another, you need to cite the source, using either parenthetical documentation or a footnote. If you are stumped you can always get help from a librarian.

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Writing Tutoring in the Library

Are you looking for some help with a writing assignment.  Good news, the Library has a partnership with the Learning Commons Writing Center to provide tutors during evenings and weekends.

Hours in the Library:

Writing Tutors available in Rm 210:  Mon – Thurs,  6-9pm and Sat – Sun 12-5pm

Additional tutoring services are available in the Learning Commons and online via Live Homework Help

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Are you looking for an overview and analysis of issues in the news?

Could you use unbiased reports that have been footnoted and fact checked, and include pro and con viewpoints? Try CQ Researcher for in-depth reports and “Hot Topics” that cover health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy. As an example, this week’s featured report is on College costs: Does a four-year degree still deliver value?

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Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia–Great for the Basics

For background information and general biology of animals, try Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia, one of our many ebook reference sources.  Arranged in taxonomic order in 17 volumes, the encyclopedia provides information about distribution, reproduction, habitat, behavior, and much more.  And best of all, it’s online!

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Hey, Mr. DJ, Put A Record On….

If you’ve ever wanted to delve into a particular piece of music, there’s nothing like a good guide to give you context and show you what to look for. We have any number of titles on individual works, such as Avatar of Modernity: The Rite of Spring Reconsidered (M1520.S9 A82 2013) and Who Should Sing Ol’ Man River? (ML410.K385 D44 2015), but it often helps to have a series dedicated to explaining music in a standard format.  One of the best is the Cambridge Music Handbook series; we have 44 of them covering such diverse works as Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons (ML410.V82 E84 1996), Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (ML410.G288 S27 1997), and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5; search in the catalog for Cambridge Music Handbooks and they should all come up. There’s even one for The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (ML421.B4 M66 1997), although that’s an exception to the generally classical works covered by the series.

Another good series is Unlocking the Masters by David Hurwitz; this listener-friendly series focuses on works by the same composer rather than being book-length treatments of individual pieces. Each book comes with a CD featuring works used as examples in the text. We have two of them: The Mahler Symphonies: An Owner’s Manual (ML410.M23 H86 2004) and Sibelius: The Orchestral Music: An Owner’s Manual (MT92.S63 H87 2007). There are another twelve or so titles in the series—including Shostakovich, Dvorak, Handel, and others—and I expect to get more of them in the future.

Finally, there’s an excellent book called Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa. Haruki Murakami, a well-known Japanese author (The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and others), had lengthy and very insightful conversations with the famous conductor. While we don’t have a copy in the Consortium Library, Anchorage Public Libraries does. It’s very enjoyable and well worth reading.

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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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