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Is my source primary or secondary?

Determining whether a given source is primary or secondary can be difficult sometimes.  And, just to make things more confusing, in a few cases a source can be both!

Consult the Library Guide, Primary or Secondary?, listed on the Get Help page to help you decide.

Also check out this blog post from the Library’s Archives and Special Collections about the Odlin Letter, a source that is both primary and secondary.

If you need more help, ask us!

 

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Trurl and Klapaucius

Artificial Intelligence: it’s all over the place. Deep Blue beats Kasparov at chess, AlphaGo teaches itself to win at Go through an artificial neural network, a chatbot named Microsoft Little Ice has written Chinese poems published as Sunshine Misses Windows, and self-driving cars are driving—well, at least as well as some of us do!

AI has been around even longer in fiction, films, and other entertainments that feature computers, robots, and androids in various flavors of menace and delight:  R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots), HAL 9000, Star Trek, Gort, Neuromancer, the Alien films, Deus ex Machina, R2D2 and C3PO, Bladerunner (née Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Magnus-Robot Fighter, Morning Becomes Electric, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, The Matrix trilogy—and does anyone remember Colossus: The Forbin Project?  Along with so many others.  If only they were all well-behaved enough to obey Isaac Asimov’s famous Three Laws given in I, Robot…but then, where would all our stories be if everything worked smoothly?

And about that AI-composed poetry.  Stanislaw Lem, the Polish science fiction master, is probably best known for his novel Solaris, which was made famous by the Tarkovsky film.  But he wrote many other works as well, one of them being a series of tales from the mid-1960s about two constructor robots named Trurl and Klapaucius, collected as The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age.  If for that special occasion, you’ve been looking for a unique love poem that’s ”…lyrical, pastoral, and expressed in the language of pure mathematics.  Tensor algebra mainly, with a little topology and higher calculus, if need be.  But with feeling, you understand, and in the cybernetic spirit….” then look no farther: you’ll find it among The Seven Sallies of Trurl and Kalpaucius in The First Sally (A), or Trurl’s Electronic Bard.  Frankly, it puts Microsoft Little Ice to shame.

While you can find information about Deep Blue, AlphaGo, Microsoft Little Ice, and plenty of other artificial intelligence accomplishments regularly flooding your electronic doorstep these days whether you want it there or not, you sometimes have to dig a little deeper for things like the sallies of Trurl and Klapaucius, all of which are worth reading and thinking about.  But you can find them if you go to the Library Catalog and type in Cyberiad — it will come up as an Alaska’s Digital Library ebook that you can check out. (Sorry – QuickSearch will bring up interesting articles about The Cyberiad, but not the Alaska’s Digital Library copy.)  Oh, and by the way—good luck with that tensor algebra!

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Textbook Affordability Week Events – March 26 -30

UAA is hosting it’s first annual Textbook Affordability Week (TAW).  The week of March 26 – 30 there will be events all week designed to increase awareness, provide information, and promote dialogue around reducing the costs of textbooks and course material to support student success.  Events are open to students, faculty, staff, and all others who are interested in this topic.

There is a TAW website to highlight these events.  The website provides the schedule of events, allows for RSVPs, and provide information about events being made available to extended campuses.

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Access to Information as a Human Right

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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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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Celebrate Linus Pauling’s Birthday — February 28

Often considered among the most important scientists in history, Linus Carl Pauling, famous chemist and two-time Nobel prize winner, was born on February 28, 1901.  He is the only person (so far) to win two unshared Nobel prizes, for chemistry in 1954, and the peace prize, for his opposition to nuclear weapons, in 1962.

Read more about Pauling’s life and the many books and papers he published, including his peace activism efforts, in these sources available in QuickSearch.

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Alaska Resources for Teachers

Are you aware that you can access Alaskan themed curriculum kits with an environmental education, natural or physical science focus?

Simply come to the UAA/APU Consortium Library with your UAA/APU ID or a Municipality library card, walk into ARLIS (Alaska Resources and Library Information Services) located on the first floor and you will be able to access a variety of materials that will enhance your curriculum and provide sensory opportunities for students in K-12.

For more information click here.

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More Recent Books and eBooks

Continuing on from last month, I’ll highlight a few more recent titles we’ve gotten in.  First off – striking terror into the hearts of all who have been relying on the 16th edition – there’s a new edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, and we have a copy of it at the Reference Desk:

REF DESK Z253.U69 2017
Chicago Manual Of Style, 17th ed.

F1219.73.O94 2017
The Oxford Handbook Of The Aztecs – Nichols and Rodríguez-Alegría, eds.

GN635.N42 C66 2015
A Companion To The Anthropology Of The Middle East – Soraya Altorki, ed.

eBook
The Chessboard And The Web: Strategies Of Connection In A Networked World – Anne-Marie Slaughter
(This title concerns transitions from the borders of nations – the chess board – to the borderless maps of the global internet.)

eBook
Dethroning The Deceitful Pork Chop: Rethinking African American Foodways From Slavery To Obama – Jennifer Jensen Wallach, ed.
(The title comes from the writings of W.E.B. DuBois)

eBook
Bartolomeo Cristofori And The Invention Of The Piano – Stewart Pollens

eBook
Piano Duet Repertoire: Music Originally Written For One Piano, Four Hands, 2nd ed. – Cameron McGraw. Fisher & Fisher, eds.

ML410.S932 R5 2017
The Rite Of Spring At 100 – Neff, Carr, & Horlacher, eds.

ML457.C35 2012
Cambridge History Of Musical Performance – Lawson & Stowell, eds.

eBook
Coup d’État: A Practical Handbook, 2nd ed. Rev. – Edward N. Luttwak

eBook
Rethinking The Black Freedom Movement – Yohuru Williams

D785.O937 2013
The Bombing War: Europe 1939-1945 – Richard Overy

eBook
Modern Genocide: The Definitive Resource And Document Collection, 4 vols. – Bartrop & Jacobs, eds.

eBook
The Last Superpower Summits: Gorbachev, Reagan, And Bush: Conversations That Ended The Cold War – Savranskaya & Blanton, eds.

eBook
The Ottoman Empire: A Historical Encyclopedia, 2 vols. – Mehrdad Kia
(There are also ebooks for the Spanish and Persian empires.)

eBook
Pennsylvania Germans: An Interpretive Encyclopedia – Bronner & Brown, eds.

REF KBP144.K364 2017
Shariah Law: Questions And Answers – Mohammad Kamali

eBook
Routledge International Handbook Of Rural Criminology – Donnermeyer

eBook
Serving Those Who Served: Librarian’s Guide To Working With Veteran And Military Communities – LeMire & Mulvihill

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Recently Added Books and eBooks

What’s new?  Well, at least what’s new in Reference, the Social Sciences, Music, and History, which are my primary areas for selection.  Since many of these titles (particularly the ebooks!) don’t make an initial stop on our New Books display near the Main Circulation Desk, it’s always nice to see a representative sampling of what’s currently available.

It’s arranged in rough call number order after the first several titles: the books are easy to arrange, but since ebooks don’t come with call numbers, I’ve arranged them by best guess.  I’ve added an occasional annotation as well.

(While I give call numbers for the books and you can usually use QuickSearch on our home page to find the ebooks these days, often the best way to find ebooks is to click on the ‘Ebooks’ link beneath the QuickSearch box and copy the title into the second search box.)

These first two titles sound a little like treatises on Druidic mysticism, but they actually feature a great variety of highly visual examples of how knowledge has been depicted through history up to the present, each organized by the primary style of presentation used: circle or tree formats.  Lima’s books have been compared with Edward Tufte’s works on information presentation; both titles make for inspirational and delightful browsing:
eBook
The Book of Circles: Visualizing Spheres of Knowledge – Lima, Manuel

eBook
The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge – Lima, Manuel

eBook
How To Write a Successful Research Grant Application: A Guide For Social And Behavioral Scientists, 2nd Ed.

BF76.4.T45 2018
A Telepsychology Casebook: Using Technology Ethically and Effectively In Your Professional Practice – Campbell, Millan, And Martin

BF575.P9 C33 2017
The Cambridge Handbook of The Psychology of Prejudice – Chris G. Sibley And Fiona Kate Barlow, Eds.

eBook
What Psychology Majors Could and Should Be Doing: A Guide to Research Experience, Professional Skills, and Your Options After College, 2nd Ed.

eBook
Social Issues in Living Color:  Challenges and Solutions from the Perspective of Ethnic Minority Psychology – Arthur Blume, Ed.

eBook
The Anti-Anxiety Workbook: Proven Strategies to Overcome Worry, Phobias, Panic, and Obsessions – Antony and Norton

eBook
War and Religion: An Encyclopedia of Faith and Conflict – Jeffrey M. Shaw And Timothy J. Demy, Eds.

eBook
Food, Feasts, and Faith: An Encyclopedia of Food Culture in World Religions – Paul Fieldhouse

D523.J44 2016
1916: A Global History – Jeffery, Keith

DK254.R3 S66 2016
Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs – Douglas Smith

DS735.C3145 V.9 Pt.2
Cambridge History of China:  Vol. 9 Part 2 The Ch’ing Dynasty To 1800 – Willard Peterson

DK265.S525 2015
The “Russian” Civil Wars, 1916-1926: Ten Years that Shook the World – Smele, Jonathan

The Ryukyu Kingdom was centered on Okinawa:
DS895.R95 A3713 2017
The Ryukyu Kingdom: Cornerstone of East Asia – Mamoru Akamine

DS902.17.K67 2014
History Of Korea In Maps: From Prehistory to the Twenty-First Century – Michael D. Shin

The following title is an excellent book on the Charleston slave rebellion of 1822:
eBook
The Denmark Vesey Affair: A Documentary History – Ed. By Douglas R. Egerton And Robert L. Paquette

E98.M34 C65 2017
Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits:  Inside the Fight to Reclaim Native America’s Culture – Chip Colwell

HB195.C28 2016
How States Pay for Wars – Cappella Zielinski, Rosella

HM585.R65 2017
Theory for the Working Sociologist – Rojas, Fabio

eBook
Culture in Networks – Mclean, Paul

HM742.K53 2017
Social Media Freaks: Digital Identity in the Network Society – Kidd, Dustin

HQ144.G779 2016
Trafficked Children and Youth in The United States: Reimagining Survivors – Goździak, Elżbieta M.

eBook
Immigration: Examining the Facts – Eastman, Cari Lee Skogberg

eBook
Talking Conflict: The Loaded Language of Genocide, Political Violence, Terrorism, and Warfare – Anna M. Wittmann

eBook
Women, War, and Violence: Topography, Resistance, and Hope – Mariam M. Kurtz and Lester R. Kurtz, Eds.

eBook
Windows into the Soul: Surveillance and Society in an Age of High Technology – Marx, Gary T.

eBook
Dangerous Spaces: Beyond the Racial Profile – Jones, D. Marvin

eBook
Mindfulness for the Next Generation: Helping Emerging Adults Manage Stress and Lead Healthier Lives – Holly Rogers

eBook
Cross-National Public Opinion about Homosexuality: Examining Attitudes Across the Globe – Adamczyk, Amy

eBook
Social Work and the City: Urban Themes in 21st-Century Social Work – Charlotte Williams, Ed.

eBook
The Disability Studies Reader, 5th Ed. – Lennard J. Davis, Ed.

HV9304.L54 2016
After Life Imprisonment: Reentry in the Era of Mass Incarceration – Liem, Marieke

eBook
Josquin des Prez and His Musical Legacy: An Introductory Guide – William Elders

eBook
Composer Genealogies: A Compendium of Composers, Their Teachers, and Their Students – Pfitzinger, Scott

ML410.E44 C34 2014
Cambridge Companion to Duke Ellington – Edward Green

eBook
Vaccination and Its Critics: A Documentary and Reference Guide – Rosner, Lisa

eBook
Oxford Companion to Cheese – Catherine Donnelly

eBook
Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing – Kirschenbaum, Matthew G.

This next title is by our own Paul White of Anthropology:
TN23.W55 2017
The Archaeology of American Mining – Paul White

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