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Zoological Record celebrates 150 years

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Zoological Record, the world’s oldest continuing database of animal biology.  The online database contains records back to 1864.  The broad scope of coverage ranges from biodiversity and the environment to taxonomy and veterinary sciences, and, as the world’s leading taxonomic reference, it also acts as the world’s unofficial register of animal names.

Find Zoological Record under Z in the list of Databases, or select it from the list of all databases in the Web of Science.

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Textbooks and the UAA/APU Consortium Library

Fall semester is almost upon us and if you are looking to acquire textbooks for your classes, remember that the library does not purchase textbooks. Luckily, there are some alternatives for you to consider:

1) Stop by the circulation desk to see if the book has been put on reserve by your professor for your class. Make sure you provide the people at the desk the instructor last name and the title of the item. Or you can check yourself by going to Course Reserves and looking for the course by instructor name, course ID or title.

2) Rent the textbook through the UAA Campus Bookstore or purchase a used copy.

For additional options: check out our Textbook guide .

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Textbooks and UAA/APU Consortium Library

Fall semester is almost upon us and if you are looking to acquire textbooks for your classes, remember that the library does not purchase textbooks. Luckily, there are some alternatives for you to consider:

1) Stop by the circulation desk to see if the book has been put on reserve by your professor for your class. Make sure you provide the people at the desk the instructor last name and the title of the item. Or you can check yourself by going to Course Reserves and looking for the course by instructor name, course ID or title.

2) Rent the textbook through the UAA Campus Bookstore or purchase a used copy.

For additional options: check out our Textbook guide to rent, download, purchase, or access an open textbook.

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Get the scoop! Celebrate National Ice Cream Month …

… by checking out one of the many books on ice cream from the Consortium Library or its partner libraries.  Learn about the history of ice cream, find recipes for making your own, or read some fiction books where ice cream is featured prominently in the plot!

And if dairy isn’t an option for you, here is a list of titles about making all sorts of frozen treats for these hot summer days.

Stay cool, and enjoy!

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Research help options at the Consortium Library

Do you need help researching a topic? The librarians at the Consortium Library are here to help! You can get research help by getting in touch with us in a number of ways:

What’s that last option? In addition to helping students with research at the reference desk, librarians at the Consortium Library meet with students one-on-one or in small groups in appointments called research consultations. Research consultations can really help move along a more in-depth project. What happens during these appointments? Anything from outlining a research plan to teaching advanced searching skills. How do you book an appointment? Contact the librarian whose name is listed next to your subject area at https://consortiumlibrary.org/about/directory/liaisons.php, or call the reference desk at 907-786-1848 if you’re not sure who to contact.

Here’s a nice after pic of a research consultation I had last week (used with permission by this kind student). Don’t you want to feel like this about YOUR research project?

Research consultation

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Recent Additions to the Consortium Library

Midsummer is a good time to look back at a few of the past academic year’s acquisitions. These titles reflect a wide variety of subjects, but this past year’s funding also enabled us to add many more titles than I’ve listed here; we are not likely to be as fortunate this coming year.

You can find links to the ebooks by looking the titles up in the Library Catalog or in QuickSearch. For reference books, our policy is to purchase ebooks before print when possible, so if a title on the shelf looks a bit old, check to see if there might be a more recent edition or treatment in an electronic format.  I hope you find something useful for your research, your studies, your personal life, or all three — and if not, then please ask at the Reference Desk and we’ll do our best to help you find what you need.

eBook – Oil: A Cultural and Geographic Encyclopedia of Black Gold

ALASKA E99.T6 S53 2015 – Sharing Our Knowledge: The Tlingit and Their Coastal Neighbors

ALASKA G155.U6 B86 2015 – So, How Long Have You Been Native? Life as an Alaska Native Tour Guide

eBook – Issues in U.S. immigration, 2nd ed.: v.1: Accent discrimination—indentured servitude; v.2: Indigenous superordination—Zadvydas v. Davis

HM821.C676 2014 – Cut Adrift: Families in Insecure Times

eBook – Whose child am I? Unaccompanied, undocumented children in U. S. immigration custody

eBook – Guns Across America: Reconciling Gun Rules and Rights

LB1778.K45 2015 – The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide To Turning Your Ph.D. Into a Job

eBook – Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers

eBook – Latino stats: American Hispanics by the Numbers

REF BS511.3.O88 2013 – The Oxford Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation

eBook – Muhammad in History, Thought, and Culture

REF BP173.4.O94 2013 – The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women

eBook – American Civil War: a State-by-State Encyclopedia

eBook – Slave culture: a Documentary Collection of the Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project

eBook – World War I: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection, 2nd ed.

eBook – Beyond Rosie: a Documentary History of Women and World War II

HV6433.I722 M35 2015 – The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State

eBook – Women of Power: Half a Century of Female Presidents and Prime Ministers Worldwide

eBook – Sex and the Office: a History of Gender, Power, and Desire

eBook – The Other Classical Musics: Fifteen Great Traditions

REF ML410.S3 J65 2014 – Franz Schubert: the Complete Songs (3 vols.)

eBook – The History of Cartography: Cartography in the Twentieth Century, vol. 6

RC553.A88 S54 2015 – NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity

eBook – Twitter and Society

eBook – APA Handbook of Nonverbal Communication

eBook – APA Handbook of Psychology and Juvenile Justice

eBook – Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource of the Transgender Community

RC521.A38 2016 – The Dementia Caregiver: A Guide to Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Neurocognitive Disorders

BF575.G7 P37 2010 – Bereavement: Studies of Grief in Adult Life, 4th ed.

eBook – Archaeology of Food

eBook – Encyclopedia of the Solar System, 3rd ed.

eBook – Ring of Fire: an Encyclopedia of the Pacific Rim’s Earthquakes, Tsunamis, and Volcanoes

REF QL701.2.H36 2009 – Handbook of the Mammals of the World, Vol. 5 – Monotremes and Marsupials

 

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Quick Search

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.

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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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Arctic Council celebrates 20 years and the midpoint of U.S. Chairmanship

In addition to celebrating Arctic Council’s 20th anniversary in 2016, the U.S. is now in its second year chairing this high-level circumpolar forum for political discussions on common issues to the governments of the Arctic States and its inhabitants.  The U.S. chairmanship theme, One Arctic: Shared Opportunities, Challenges & Responsibilities reflects the U.S. commitment, with international cooperation, to protect the marine environment, conserve Arctic biodiversity, improve conditions in Arctic communities, and address the rapidly changing climate in the Arctic.

UAA’s very own former Chancellor, Fran Ulmer, is a member of the U.S. Chairmanship team where she serves as Special Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State on Arctic Science and Policy.

Canada, Denmark (including Greenland and the Faroe Islands), Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Russian Federation, and the U.S. comprise the Council’s eight member Arctic States.  In addition, six Permanent Participants, organizations that represent Indigenous Peoples, are also members.  The chairmanship of the Arctic Council rotates every two years among the Arctic States; in 2015, the U.S. took over the two-year Chairmanship rotation from Canada.

For more information, press releases of the U.S. accomplishments and goals for its chairmanship, and much more, click here.

 

 

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Business/Consumer Information

Are you looking for information about a business or about consumers? Try ReferenceUSA. ReferenceUSA has information about large and small businesses, both public and private. Available consumer information includes income, marital status, age, lifestyle interests, and more. Don’t worry about this database being cut because of budget reductions; you’ll have access to ReferenceUSA through 2019.

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