Monthly Archives: June 2016

Quick Search

Quick Search, located on our front page, is an excellent and easy tool to use instead of Google when starting out with your library research. With Quick Search you can find both articles and books in one location, using a simple search box.  There are approximately 160,000,000 items included in Quick Search. For more tips and tricks, take a look at the handy guide for Quick Search.

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Homeland Security Digital Library

The Homeland Security Digital Library produced by the US Department of Homeland Security gives quick access to an amazing range of US policy and legislation, presidential directives, and national strategy documents, as well as specialized resources such as theses and reports from universities, organizations, and state and local agencies that have been selected by a team of homeland security researchers.

The easy-to-search database features more than 30 topics including border security, cyber crime and infrastructure, hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, energy security, immigration, sea piracy, climate change, and social media use in emergencies. Just to give you an idea of the breadth of content available here, the reports and briefings produced by the Congressional Research Service that are included range from Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress [May 31, 2016] to Libya: Transition and U.S. Policy [May 13, 2016]. This is a fascinating resource!

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Arctic Council celebrates 20 years and the midpoint of U.S. Chairmanship

In addition to celebrating Arctic Council’s 20th anniversary in 2016, the U.S. is now in its second year chairing this high-level circumpolar forum for political discussions on common issues to the governments of the Arctic States and its inhabitants.  The U.S. chairmanship theme, One Arctic: Shared Opportunities, Challenges & Responsibilities reflects the U.S. commitment, with international cooperation, to protect the marine environment, conserve Arctic biodiversity, improve conditions in Arctic communities, and address the rapidly changing climate in the Arctic.

UAA’s very own former Chancellor, Fran Ulmer, is a member of the U.S. Chairmanship team where she serves as Special Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State on Arctic Science and Policy.

Canada, Denmark (including Greenland and the Faroe Islands), Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Russian Federation, and the U.S. comprise the Council’s eight member Arctic States.  In addition, six Permanent Participants, organizations that represent Indigenous Peoples, are also members.  The chairmanship of the Arctic Council rotates every two years among the Arctic States; in 2015, the U.S. took over the two-year Chairmanship rotation from Canada.

For more information, press releases of the U.S. accomplishments and goals for its chairmanship, and much more, click here.

 

 

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Business/Consumer Information

Are you looking for information about a business or about consumers? Try ReferenceUSA. ReferenceUSA has information about large and small businesses, both public and private. Available consumer information includes income, marital status, age, lifestyle interests, and more. Don’t worry about this database being cut because of budget reductions; you’ll have access to ReferenceUSA through 2019.

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