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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It’s textbook time!

The Consortium Library does not purchase textbooks for classes, but fortunately 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 the Library Catalog, change the default from “All Collections” and choose Course Reserves Consortium or Course Reserves LC (Learning Commons).  You can search 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!

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Consortium Library Prize!

 

The Consortium Library Prize lauds an exemplary undergraduate research project from any discipline which demonstrates evidence of significant scholarly investigation and utilization of library resources, print and archival as well as electronic. The selected student will be officially recognized university-wide and will be honored with a $500 award.

Deadline: The fall 2016 deadline is December 9th at 5:00pm.

To Apply: To apply, complete this cover sheet and submit, with your project, following instructions from the Office of Undergraduate Research.

Eligibility: Applicants must meet the following criteria:

Research projects can be submitted by either December 9, 2016 or March 21, 2017. Projects must have been completed in the Spring 2016, Summer 2016, or Fall 2016 semester. Research projects completed in Spring 2017 are eligible for the award as long as the final project can be submitted by the spring deadline.

To learn more about this prize, you can visit the Consortium Library Prize guide.

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Affordable Care Act — 2017 Enrollment Information

If don’t already have coverage for 2017, you may be eligible to sign up for health insurance through ACA’s Health Care Marketplace.  Open enrollment runs from November 1 – December 15, 2016 for coverage starting January 1.

If you miss the open enrollment deadline, January 31, 2017 is the last day to sign up to receive coverage for 2017.

There are many types of plans, so to help you decide, check out this helpful guide on the Affordable Care Act and Insurance Exchanges, kindly compiled by Sigrid Brudie, Alaska Medical Library.  Alaska-specific information is included there as well.

Despite election promises to end ACA, experts say to go ahead and sign up since laws prevent your policy from being cancelled during 2017.  If Congress ends the subsidies before the year is out, you can drop the coverage without penalty.

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Handbook of the Mammals of the World

A great series of books we have in the Reference Collection is the magnificent Handbook of the Mammals of the World from Lynx Edicions. ‘Handbook’ is a bit of a misnomer, as you’d need Hagrid’s hands to hold one comfortably; they’re closer to coffee table books in size, but the content is scientific in scope and presentation rather than general interest. The books are beautifully and profusely illustrated with wonderful color photographs, drawings, and range maps, and filled with scientific descriptions of each mammal. The articles are good starting points for further research on a given animal; there is also an extensive bibliography at the end of each volume. Six out of a projected nine volumes have been published since 2009:

Volume 1: Carnivores
Volume 2: Hoofed Mammals
Volume 3: Primates
Volume 4: Sea Mammals
Volume 5: Monotremes and Marsupials
Volume 6: Lagomorphs and Rodents I

We will soon have Volume 6, while the remaining volumes to be published are:

Volume 7: Rodents II
Volume 8: Insectivores
Volume 9: Bats

And did I mention the amazing photographs? Hunting, eating, resting, mating, raising young, and even spy hopping, where whales in a vertical posture raise their heads above the surface of the water so that they can see what’s going on – the photographs are stunningly good and a great complement to the articles. You can find the first five volumes in the Reference Collection at this call number:

REF QL701.2 .H36 2009

They’re well worth taking a few minutes to get acquainted with. Enjoy!

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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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The Nobel Prize goes to…

This is the time of year that the Nobel Prizes are handed out to individuals who have made important contributions within Medicine (or Physiology), Physics, Chemistry, Literature, Peace, and Economics. On Thursday, October 13th, the recipient for the Nobel Prize in Literature will be announced. The Nobel Prize originates from Alfred Nobel, a Swedish businessman, inventor, engineer and chemist, who in 1895 decided to leave the bulk of his fortune in trust to establish a set of prizes. The prize in Economics was established in 1968 by the Swedish Central Bank (Sveriges Riksbank) in memory of Alfred Nobel. To find out more about the Nobel Prize, please take a closer look at the Nobel website. You can find out about the history of the prize and learn about current and past recipients at Nobelprize.org.

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Zoological Record celebrates 150 years

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Zoological Record, the world’s oldest continuing database of animal biology.  The online database contains records back to 1864.  The broad scope of coverage ranges from biodiversity and the environment to taxonomy and veterinary sciences, and, as the world’s leading taxonomic reference, it also acts as the world’s unofficial register of animal names.

Find Zoological Record under Z in the list of Databases, or select it from the list of all databases in the Web of Science.

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