Monthly Archives: November 2019

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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