Access to Information is a part of the Universal Human Rights Declaration. You can learn more on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) website, where they state that “Freedom of Information (FOI) can be defined as the right to access information held by public bodies. It is an integral part of the fundamental right of freedom of expression, as recognized by Resolution 59 of the UN General Assembly adopted in 1946, as well as by Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), which states that the fundamental right of freedom of expression encompasses the freedom to “to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”
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The website from the Library of Congress called America’s Story states that the first Memorial Day took place in 1868. If you are curious about the origins of Memorial Day, then there are many great government resources that you can consult. The Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs has an extensive collection of resource links listed on their Memorial Day website for helpful information. Also, the Consortium Library has numerous reference and government sources having to do with Memorial Day. Some examples include The Encyclopedia of War and American Society, and American Civil War: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection. To search for sources from the main Consortium Library homepage, type “Memorial Day” History into the QuickSearch box. You can then, for example, select Reference listed under Content Type on the left side of the screen. Feel free to ask a librarian for assistance in locating additional resources.
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.
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.
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.
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.