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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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.
NoveList is a reader’s advisory database that the Consortium Library subscribes to. If you are looking for summer reading material, it’s a great place to browse. Some of the nice features of this resource include searching by genre or by age group, as well as reading featured articles or finding out about prize winning authors. This database focuses on fiction, so those of you who want the perfect summer escape can find ideas here to satisfy your reading needs. You can find NoveList by going to the Databases link on the Consortium Library website, right under Find Books and Articles. Happy reading!
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 as well as electronic. The winning student author will be officially recognized university-wide and will receive a $500 award.
Deadline: March 22, 2016 at 5:00pm
For more information, please visit the Consortium Library Prize webpage.
From refining your research topic to citing your sources accurately, LS 101 will give you the tools necessary to succeed in research!
This 1 credit elective course is offered online through Blackboard. If you are interested in learning more about this course, read more about it here.
The Nobel committee has awarded Svetlana Alexievich “for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time”. Svetlana is known for her expansive oral history writings that document the breakdown of the Soviet Union.
Sara Danius, the permanent secretary to the academy explained that “For the past 30 or 40 years she’s been busy mapping the Soviet and post soviet individual,” and additionally, “it’s not really about a history of events. It’s a history of emotions – what she’s offering us is really an emotional world, so these historical events she’s covering in her various books, for example the Chernobyl disaster, the Soviet war in Afghanistan, these are in a way just pretexts for exploring the Soviet individual and the post-Soviet individual.” and “She’s devised a new kind of literary genre. It’s a true achievement not only in material but also in form.”
In the book, “Voices from Chernobyl“, Alexievich talks to hundreds of people affected in different ways by the Chernobyl nuclear accident. Another highly acclaimed book by Alexievich is “War’s Unwomanly Face” (1988), based on interviews with hundreds of women who took part in World War II. Here at the Consortium Library, we have among other titles, her book “Zinky Boys: Soviet Voices from the Afghanistan War“.
If you are looking for specific journal titles and would like to know:
a) Do we have a specific journal?
b) In what format do we have the journal (in print or online)?
c) What is the coverage of the journal?
d) What journals do we have within certain subject areas?
Tip: If the journal that you are looking for is in online format, you will be able to see what databases the journal is in and link directly to it.
Dissertations & Theses Full Text from Proquest is the world’s most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses. The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and strong retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works. Each dissertation published since July 1980 includes a 350-word abstract written by the author. Master’s theses published since 1988 include 150-word abstracts. You can also find UAA dissertations and theses in this database. There are numerous search options, such as searching by keyword, subject, author or institution. To locate this database, go to the main Consortium Library home page. Then select Databases and type in the title of the database or simply select “D”. Now select Dissertations & Theses Full Text.
Are there some changes you would like to see in the services, facilities and resources provided by the UAA/APU Consortium Library based on your own experiences? Take this opportunity and a few moments of your time to fill out the survey form provided in these links and be heard!
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We conduct this survey every three years. More than 1,200 libraries have participated in LibQUAL+, including college and university libraries and community college libraries. This internationally recognized survey, administered by the Association of Research Libraries, is our primary tool used to assess users’ perceptions of library services, collections, and space. It allows us to compare our performance with that of peer institutions, as well as tracking users’ satisfaction over time, comparing results with our earlier surveys. It gives our library users a chance to tell us where our services need improvement so we can respond to and better manage their expectations. We pay close attention to survey results, including user comments, and have used LibQUAL Survey results to guide changes we’ve made in recent years.
It is now possible for UAA students, staff and faculty to print wirelessly from their laptop at the Consortium Library. Simply download the appropriate driver to your laptop and make sure that you have your UAA Wolfcard or copy card to print. For more information please visit the UAA Information Technology Services page.