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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Terra Non Firma

It was easier to believe in solid ground before it became common knowledge that the Earth is a sphere with tectonic plates rafting over molten rock; unlike the popular myth, not even turtles go all the way down.  It’s been nearly 4 months since the November 30th earthquake, yes, but also 55 years since the 1964 quake.  There are those who have become hypersensitive to every slight jolt and quiver, whose home pages have changed — perhaps permanently — from the innocuous Kitten War to the Alaska aftershocks website, now measuring the anxieties of their lives not in Prufrock’s coffee spoons, but in logarithmic fractions they never paid much attention to before.

And why not?  To my mind, this particular local zeitgeist was best captured by L. Juhnke 54 years ago. The Anchorage Times was the recorder of daily Anchorage history from 1916 to the day its doors closed in 1992 (joined in the late 1940s by the Anchorage Daily News), and one editorial page feature was called Poet’s Corner (or, depending on the day’s typesetter, Poets’ Corner, or just plain Poets Corner).  On March 27th, 1965, exactly one year afterwards, Louise Juhnke’s poem March Jitters was published; it applies just as much to the aftermath of 2018 as to that of 1964.  (A little further research in the Times database revealed L. to be Louise, a frequent poetry contributor.)  For decades, the only way to find that poem would have been by looking at frame after frame of microfilm, or by choosing the right Times clippings notebook from among thousands.  But as of last October — just in time for the November 30th earthquake, if anyone had known to look for it — March Jitters and the rest of the Anchorage Times became fully available online back to 1916 — amazing.  Those thousands of clippings notebooks were replaced by searchable full-page scans of the Times: a local historian’s dream for many decades.

It’s easy to repurpose popular songs as unintended earthquake anthems:  All Shook Up, Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On, I Feel The Earth Move.  You can also find in the Times that John Hartford, composer of Gentle On My Mind, performed in Midtown at Grand Central Station on May 5th, 1984.  It was a little over 20 years after the ’64 quake when he sang California Earthquake: “Mother Nature’s got gas, her diet’s gone stale / …acid indigestion on the Richter Scale…”  To say the least.  (http://tinyurl.com/y26kqcsj)

Most people between 3 and 4 feet tall in pre-Star Trek 1964 were watching a science fiction puppet show called Fireball XL5 on that Good Friday (the Exxon Valdez spill also occurred on Good Friday and November 30th was also a Friday — what is it with Fridays and major disasters in Alaska?)  Here, we need to switch to the Anchorage Daily News database (which began in 1985) to find that Robert Gottstein hosted a Fireball XL5 party at the 4th Avenue Theater on the 40th anniversary of the ’64 quake in 2004: everyone remembers Colonel Steve Zodiac and his crew.  You can find episodes and the remarkably romantic theme song for its target age group on Youtube.  (http://tinyurl.com/qfhjcqe for a short sample.)

You’ll find plenty of Alaska earthquake books in the QE 535 call number area, but it was only in 2017 that the best popular book on the 1964 quake and how it changed the understanding of all earthquakes was published, The Great Quake by Henry Fountain. (ALASKA QE535.2.U6 F65 2017)  For photographs, a good place to look is Alaska’s Digital Archives (https://vilda.alaska.edu); I don’t see any for the November 30th earthquake yet, but it’s just a matter of time.

For all of our own seismological woes, I still think from time to time of those poor people in Chile in 1960. (https://santiagotimes.cl/?p=69068)  Our 2018 earthquake lasted up to a couple of minutes, depending on where you were; think the first two verses of Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven.  (http://tinyurl.com/o9x4u5x)  The 1964 earthquake lasted about four and a half minutes; think a little over half of Stairway To Heaven, up to the words about the May Queen.  But Chile?  Think Stairway To Heaven, and then play the first two verses over again. Ten minutes is a heck of a lot of rock and roll.

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Need biographical sources?

The Consortium Library has a plethora of information on biographies of people, both living and dead. Some are famous, others not so famous, and quite a few are names no one even knows.

Many sources are available online in QuickSearch, such as the Encyclopedia of World Biography, an entire encyclopedia devoted to nothing but biographies.

A sample of more specialized sources online includes the Dictionary of Literary Biography; Dictionary of Political Biography; and American Men & Women of Science : A Biographical Directory of Today’s Leaders in Physical, Biological, and Related Sciences.

Don’t forget there are also lots of print sources on biographies in the Reference section featuring artists, writers, women, presidents, musicians, Ancient Greeks and Romans, mathematicians, and on and on.  Ask us to learn more!

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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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