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Handbook of the Mammals of the World

A great series of books we have in the Reference Collection is the magnificent Handbook of the Mammals of the World from Lynx Edicions. ‘Handbook’ is a bit of a misnomer, as you’d need Hagrid’s hands to hold one comfortably; they’re closer to coffee table books in size, but the content is scientific in scope and presentation rather than general interest. The books are beautifully and profusely illustrated with wonderful color photographs, drawings, and range maps, and filled with scientific descriptions of each mammal. The articles are good starting points for further research on a given animal; there is also an extensive bibliography at the end of each volume. Six out of a projected nine volumes have been published since 2009:

Volume 1: Carnivores
Volume 2: Hoofed Mammals
Volume 3: Primates
Volume 4: Sea Mammals
Volume 5: Monotremes and Marsupials
Volume 6: Lagomorphs and Rodents I

We will soon have Volume 6, while the remaining volumes to be published are:

Volume 7: Rodents II
Volume 8: Insectivores
Volume 9: Bats

And did I mention the amazing photographs? Hunting, eating, resting, mating, raising young, and even spy hopping, where whales in a vertical posture raise their heads above the surface of the water so that they can see what’s going on – the photographs are stunningly good and a great complement to the articles. You can find the first five volumes in the Reference Collection at this call number:

REF QL701.2 .H36 2009

They’re well worth taking a few minutes to get acquainted with. Enjoy!

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Data sources for information about your community

Where can you find reliable information about your local community and the United States? Discover this and more at the Population and Economic Data Workshop taking place at the library tomorrow, October 18, 2016 from 9 AM to 4 PM. The event features presenters from the Alaska Department of Labor, the United States Census Bureau, and the Alaska Division of Community and Regional Affairs. We will have a full day of workshop sessions, and you can attend just one or all of them. Spots are still available; view the schedule and sign up here: register to reserve seats.

Can’t attend? Try exploring the data and statistics sources listed on the Government Information research guide: http://libguides.consortiumlibrary.org/government_information.

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The Nobel Prize goes to…

This is the time of year that the Nobel Prizes are handed out to individuals who have made important contributions within Medicine (or Physiology), Physics, Chemistry, Literature, Peace, and Economics. On Thursday, October 13th, the recipient for the Nobel Prize in Literature will be announced. The Nobel Prize originates from Alfred Nobel, a Swedish businessman, inventor, engineer and chemist, who in 1895 decided to leave the bulk of his fortune in trust to establish a set of prizes. The prize in Economics was established in 1968 by the Swedish Central Bank (Sveriges Riksbank) in memory of Alfred Nobel. To find out more about the Nobel Prize, please take a closer look at the Nobel website. You can find out about the history of the prize and learn about current and past recipients at Nobelprize.org.

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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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