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Are you looking for an overview and analysis of issues in the news?

Could you use unbiased reports that have been footnoted and fact checked, and include pro and con viewpoints? Try CQ Researcher for in-depth reports and “Hot Topics” that cover health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy. As an example, this week’s featured report is on College costs: Does a four-year degree still deliver value?

Are You Ready To Binge Watch?

The library’s Academic Video Online: Premium collection delivers nearly 70,000 streaming videos (films, documentaries, newsreels, performances, interviews, lectures, television). Choose titles from special collections of American History & World History; Art & Architecture; Asian Film; Counseling & Therapy; Dance; Filmakers Library; Silent Film; and more.

Whether you’re studying or relaxing, you can find content covering Anthropology, Art & Design, Business, Criminal Justice, Diversity Studies, Education, Gender & Sexuality, Health Sciences, History, Literature & Language, Music & Performing Arts, Psychology & Counseling, Science & Engineering, and Social Sciences.

The database includes 60 Minutes/CBS and specials from PBS, BBC, NBC, A&E, and hundreds of other producers and distributers. New content is added monthly. Some examples of titles/series are: Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock; Mali Blues; 10 Days that Unexpectedly Changed America; Advertising in the Digital Age; ZouZou; 50 Mindfulness Techniques; Water Wars; 60 Second Adventures in Astronomy; and La Chanson de Roland.

You can make clips, create playlists, and post to Blackboard using Adobe Flash Player.

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!

Need Fish? Moose? A Little Ecotourism?

Well, we can’t help you with your freezer or a ticket, but if you’re looking for information about fish, moose, or ecotourism, ARLIS has you covered with databases you can use right here in the building.  ARLIS is one of UAA’s partner libraries and it subscribes to:

Both databases can be used on the ARLIS library computers Monday–Friday (8–5). An ARLIS reference librarian will be happy to help if you need assistance. Clicking on the links above will give you a bit more information about the databases, but remember that to search them you’ll need to use the ARLIS computers in person.