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Videos from the Library!

The sun is out and we know many of you are out adventuring. But in case you need something to do when you come home and crash at night. . .

Check out the Academic Video Online database!

This database provides access to thousands of videos, including theatrical performances, documentaries, and instructional videos. There are topics like cooking, counseling, medicine, the American Civil War, film, architecture . . . the list goes on!

Feeling arty? Take a trip to the opera with Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.

Want to catch up on past summer movies? Check out Call Me by Your Name and other Sony Picture Classics.

Still feeling the urge to learn something (you may be a little crazy, but OK)? Try Ken Burns’s Civil War from PBS.

And if you cannot possibly face using any educational resources in the summer, that’s fine! AVON will be waiting for you next semester.

Enjoy the summer, everyone!

Writing a persuasive essay? Try this database!

Scenario: you’re assigned a persuasive essay on a real world issue, a speech where you have to argue a point, or you’re in a class debate. You need to find sources, but how are you going to find some basic info on your topic? Surely someone else has had to research this already, right?

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You’re right, they have!

The Points of View Reference Center is available using your Blackboard login credentials, or whenever you’re on campus WiFi.

Here, you can find basic descriptions of common debate topics. There are also brief arguments for various sides and perspectives on hot-button issues. There’s information on abortion, health care, gay rights, animal welfare, the military, immigration, race, and much, much more. Basically, if it’s a topic that could stir up drama at an extended family dinner, you can find sources here!

So get to grips with your argument and read short summaries of different perspectives. It’s a great way to understand what you want to say/write better!

Summer Research Desk Info

Welcome to the summer semester, everyone! It’s Hot Girl Summer out there, but we’d like you to know that the librarians are still available for helping you with your research and book/resource-finding needs.

The Virtual Research Desk is still alive and well! You can chat in real-time with librarians on the Ask Us page by clicking the green “Chat is Online” button. If you already started your search in the Quicksearch box, click the blue “Ask us! tab on the side of your screen to begin a chat session. You can also call at 786-1848 and email us using this form. If you have a particularly gnarly question, we can even Zoom with you!

For summer session 2021, the Virtual Reference Desk will be available 9 am – 7 pm Monday-Thursday, 9 am – 5 pm Friday, and 1 pm – 5 pm Saturday-Sunday.

Need even more options to get help? Lucky for you, librarians are also available by appointment!

If you have a pretty specialized question in your field of study, we have specific librarians whose skills are best suited to particular subjects. You can find the list of subject librarians and which majors they serve here. You can book an appointment with a specific librarian by clicking on their name and following the prompts.

You got this! Study hard and enjoy the Alaskan summer!

Black History Month in the Library

Join the Consortium Library is recognizing and celebrating Black History Month!

If you’d like to bone up on your Black history, check out this LibGuide for suggested resources: This guide has books, articles, DVDs, streaming media, and websites so you can explore the vast world of African-American history.

If you’re curious about anti-racism, check out this guide: This guide provides resources to actively recognize and combat racism and systems of oppression.

UAA as a broader community is celebrating Black History Month, too! Check out the schedule of events here: This Library Gossip Girl is particularly delighted to note a viewing of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is planned.

The Library loves and is proud of YOU, Seawolves!

The Reference Librarians are ready to Help!

Welcome to 2021, Seawolves! Let’s dust off those planners and desks and get ready to have a fabulous semester.

The Virtual Research Help Desk is still here for you in this new frontier that is 2021. If you’ve never heard of this, allow me to introduce you to a wonderful library service.

Librarians are available to help you with your homework, your research questions, your search for books, and any and all library questions. We can help you troubleshoot login issues, order library materials from other libraries, teach you how the cataloging system works, talk you through the research process . . . really, just ask anything and we can at least point you in the right direction!

The Virtual Research Help Desk is staffed from Monday-Thursday 9am-10pm, Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, and Sunday 12pm-10pm. We’ll be closed January 18th and March 12th.

You can chat with us from the Ask Us page by clicking the green “Chat is Online” button. You can also call at 786-1848 and email us using this form. If you have a particularly gnarly question, we can even Zoom with you!

Aaaand just a reminder that the physical UAA/APU Consortium Library is open to UAA and APU students, staff, and faculty. You will need a valid UAA or APU ID to scan into the building. As you’re probably aware, new WolfCards were issued recently, so be sure to register that if you haven’t already.

If you still need a WolfCard, you can get that at the Consortium Library, too! Stop by the Library during open hours and call the Circulation Desk at 786-1871, option 3 for access to the building. Be sure to bring a government-issued ID with you.

Have a great semester!