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Send in the clowns! A celebrated actor/director revisits his poignant childhood!

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Pickle Circus Clowns smallRecently CLIQ received a request for a photo from a late August’79 issue of the Anchorage Daily Times. The newspaper headline touted promising weather for the weekend for Alaska State Fair goers, while the grainy photo below it showed two small figures showing off their sad clown routine. They were hanging around, unable to perform because rain had rendered the stage “too slippery.” The Pickle Family Circus was ...

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Expert research help just in time

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Do you have a project that is close to completion but is waiting for the finishing touches?  Need someone to tweak the spelling, fix the grammar errors or simply make it read better? Sometimes you can become so close to your work, you just can’t stand back and see mistakes. And then there’s the reference list! Maybe you don’t have complete references for all your sources. Then there’s that picky formatting business. Some disciplines prefer APA style or perhaps MLA;  specific journals require ...

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CLIQ creates an archive of precious recipes

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Information work can be wider-ranging, creative and very personal! An offhanded remark by an older but very lively lady at a local senior housing complex, recently led to a fascinating and somewhat off-the-wall job for CLIQ. This lady had been a commercial cook at an Alaska fishing lodge for a dozen years, and had amassed many recipes she still used regularly. However they were stashed in a handmade wooden catalog drawer, a plastic tote box, and several other unruly piles of paper, and she was frustrated daily in ...

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CLIQ goes the extra mile! Expedites client copy of rare report

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CLIQ is a fee-based research service of the Consortium Library in Anchorage for people who don’t belong to UAA or APU.  University employees and students have ready access to the library’s services and resources, even from their home computers 24/7. Nevertheless, through CLIQ, non-university users can get fast, personal service a very reasonable cost when they need information they cannot obtain themselves.  With a terrific interlibrary loan system and excellent technology support, CLIQ will tackle whatever you need and do what it takes to deliver it. ...

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Bioinformatics has transformed how research is done!

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In our first  class, we traced the history of Bioinformatics from Mendel’s early genetic experiments in the 1860s through the convergence of genetic and molecular biology discoveries before the 1980s  to today when more than 16,000 genomes have been sequenced, and the associated data has spawned vast databases around the world. In fact biological data relating to this endeavor is the major component of Big Data.  Once scientists proved beyond doubt that DNA rather than protein was the genetic material, the ...

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There’s gold in them thar stacks!

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This month I am learning about Bioinformatics, through an online course with the National Network, Libraries of Medicine. Personalized medicine tailored to our genetic differences is going to be extremely important in the future so I wanted to learn more about the research behind it and the resources available.  The Bioinformatics discipline uses computers to store, retrieve, analyze or predict the composition or the structure of biomolecules. Ever since the sequencing of the Human Genome was completed in 2003, biological data collection has exploded, spawning hundreds of databases to ...

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What on earth is a moose bell?

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Silhouette of moose head showing bellA recent query on this topic led me much further into the biological literature than I’d ventured before and proved quite educational.  Here in Anchorage, we have a large population of urban moose, so we are quite used to encountering these large, iconic animals almost anywhere we go.  This one was cropping the shrubs outside our front door, snapped ...

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Just getting started!

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Well – I think I have enough of this website built to unleash the proverbial, “Hello World!” I am still learning my way around my Karma theme and hope to add more beautiful Alaska images very soon. This is a big, wild and glorious country and it is fun to share it with curious outsiders.

InfoLink, CLIQ’s predecessor, started in 1999, so the folder of old forms and brochures I inherited was little help in bringing ...

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