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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.

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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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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.

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2016 Presidential Election: Your Vote Matters

Find all the information you need to vote in this year’s elections on Alaska’s Division of Elections Site.  There are links for College Voters, Registering to Vote Online, Absentee Voting, plus information on Political Parties, Elected Officials, Candidates, Past Election Results, Ballot Measures, Voting Districts, and more.

This year’s general election is November 8th and the primary is August 16.

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Need Help with Research?

For Students
Groups of five or more students can request a workshop tailored to their needs by calling the Reference Desk (786-1848) at least one week prior to the requested workshop date. Individual (or fewer than five) students can also directly contact a subject liaison librarian.
For Faculty
Library faculty can provide workshops that give faculty hands-on training with library resources. Please contact the appropriate subject liaison librarian for your discipline.
Research Consultations
Students, staff, and faculty may request an in-depth research consultation appointment with their liaison librarian for a research project that requires additional expertise of the subject liaison librarian. The reference desk is also available for assistance with research questions that require an answer on the spot.
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Papers of the Founding Fathers Are Online

Using Founders Online, you can search through and read the correspondence, diaries, and other papers of our founding fathers: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Alexander Hamilton. The website is produced by the National Archives’ National Historical Publication and Records Commission and the University of Virginia Press. Enjoy reading what the Founders wrote and discussed during the first draft of the American democracy!

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Keesing’s: The Monthly Global News Summary

Whether you want to keep up with current events or you are looking for an historical perspective on past developments, Keesing’s World News Archive is the database to use! Since 1931, its monthly summaries have objectively presented the world’s important political, social, and economic events in each country, for major international organizations, and within selected topics.

Coverage includes elections and changes of government; wars, treaties, appointments, and diplomacy; terrorism and issues of internal security; legislation, budgets, economic developments and international agreements; actions by the UN and other international organizations; natural disasters; environmental issues; and scientific discoveries.

Where else could you easily find the 1958 tally of federal votes for Alaska’s statehood?

Jul 1958 – Alaska becomes the 49th State of the Union.

An Administration Bill making Alaska the 49th State of the Union was signed by President Eisenhower on July 7 after it had been passed by the House of Representatives on May 28 by 208 votes to 166, and by the Senate on June 30 by 64 votes to 20. In signing the Bill, the President expressed his pleasure at the Congressional action but also his regret that no similar action had been taken to admit Hawaii to the Union.

The 208 affirmative votes in the House of Representatives comprised 117 Democrats and 91 Republicans, while the 166 opposing votes comprised 81 Democrats and 85 Republicans.

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More than meets the eye at ARLIS

ARLIS is the “Mother Lode of Alaska Resources Information” and has collections you won’t find anywhere else.  Many of these can be discovered through its Hidden Collections Guide which describes resources that you can use with finding aids and assistance from ARLIS librarians.  Whether you’re interested in geology, education, art, environmental studies, climate change, anthropology, the 1964 Alaska earthquake, or the proposed Pebble Mine and more, click on the link below to learn about treasures available to you through ARLIS.

http://www.arlis.org/category/collection-spotlight/

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Furs and Skulls and Birds, oh my!

Have you seen the black bear at ARLIS (the one inside, not outside)? And what’s up with all of those stuffed birds? And that caribou mount? Most of these have come to ARLIS from the AK Dept. of Fish & Game for educational purposes.  There are even kits for check-out to educators on the road system. Whether you need a skull to draw, a bird or fish to paint, or a clear view of an animal’s anatomy, ARLIS has it all. Just across the hall from the Consortium Library reference desk.

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