What is a review of the literature?

Do you have an assignment where you need to conduct a literature review on a topic but are not sure what literature reviews are, or how to find them?

A literature review examines the significant works (books, scholarly articles, dissertations, and other works) on a particular issue, area of research, or theory and provides a critical evaluation or analysis of each work in relation to the problem or topic being investigated.

To learn more, see the Literature Review guide.

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Get help with research!

If you want to know how to find sources in Quick Search, cite a source in APA style, or find an annotated bibliography, along with many other common questions, you can go to Get Help with Research on the Consortium Library homepage. Here you will find many quick and clear guides that can help you with your research, any time you need it and any place you happen to be. In addition, Ask-a-Librarian for help at the Research Desk in the Library, next to the pendulum. Or connect with us online via Chat, Text, Email, or Phone. Have a great semester!

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Information About Where to Vote

If you’re wondering whether you’re registered or where to vote. There is a website where you can look up this information.

To check your polling place and voter registration status, go to the My Voter Information site: https://myvoterinformation.alaska.gov/

The Voter Information Project has a page that you can put your address in and figure out polling locations and hours of polling, as well as see your location on a map. Via the map you can click on an arrow and get directions from your home to the polling place.

All Alaskans from any district can vote on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus at the Student Union on Monday 11/5, 8am to 5pm, and Tuesday 11/6, 7am to 8pm.

Remember that Governor Walker has withdrawn from the race, but polling workers are not allowed to share that information because it is considered electioneering. The Anchorage Daily News has a story explaining this. You can find the Anchorage Daily News in the Consortium Library’s resources. There is a fully digital version available via our database subscriptions.

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Free Workshop on U.S. Census Data & Tools

The Consortium Library will be hosting a Census workshop on Thursday, October 18, 2018, 9:30-11:00 AM. This face-to-face workshop will be led by Heidi Crawford, the U.S. Census Bureau’s Data Dissemination Specialist for Alaska, Oregon, and Washington. Heidi is based in Oregon, so having her here in person is an opportunity not to be missed.

When: 10/18/2018, 9:30-11:00 AM

Where: Library Room 309

Who can attend: Anyone (students, staff, faculty, and community members are all welcome)

Workshop title: Census Data, Census Tools and You – How Census Data and Tools Can Help Your Project

What to expect: Participants will learn about the types of data the Census Bureau produces and where to locate Census data on census.gov using various tools.  Learn how the data helps with reports, research and other projects. The workshop will include:

  • Overview of Census data, including American Community Survey data
  • Overview of Census data tools, including American FactFinder and tools on census.gov
  • Online demonstration on census.gov, including where to search for relevant data and tools and new ways to learn about data
  • Recent and future data releases

RSVP appreciated but not required.

Please contact Ruth Terry at rterry9 at alaska.edu with any questions.

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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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