Find your summer reading material with NoveList

NoveList is a reader’s advisory database that the Consortium Library subscribes to. If you are looking for summer reading material, it’s a great place to browse. Some of the nice features of this resource include searching by genre or by age group, as well as reading featured articles or finding out about prize winning authors. This database focuses on fiction, so those of you who want the perfect summer escape can find ideas here to satisfy your reading needs. You can find NoveList by going to the Databases link on the Consortium Library website, right under Find Books and Articles. Happy reading!

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Need Fish? Moose? A Little Ecotourism?

Well, we can’t help you with your freezer or a ticket, but if you’re looking for information about fish, moose, or ecotourism, ARLIS has you covered with databases you can use right here in the building.  ARLIS is one of UAA’s partner libraries and it subscribes to:

Both databases can be used on the ARLIS library computers Monday–Friday (8–5). An ARLIS reference librarian will be happy to help if you need assistance. Clicking on the links above will give you a bit more information about the databases, but remember that to search them you’ll need to use the ARLIS computers in person.

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Celebrate Mathematics Awareness Month

Did you know April is Mathematics Awareness Month?

Celebrate by reading a biography of a famous mathematician (can you name one?) or a book on the history of mathematics.  The Consortium Library has a plethora of books and other resources on all things math, as well as a collection of study DVDs for learning algebra, geometry, calculus, and much more.

Here’s a sample.

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Financial Literacy Month

April is financial literacy month! If you want to improve your knowledge and understanding of personal finance and other financial matters, you’re not alone. The library has numerous books to help you learn about these topics; see below for a selection of titles. Many of these items will be on display through April 15th.

This year, the library will be a location for DASH for the STASH, an investor education contest. One statewide winner will win a $1000 prize to open or add to a retirement investment account, courtesy of the Alaska Division of Banking and Securities and the nonprofit Investor Protection Institute. To participate, visit the library, read four informational posters, and correctly answer a question about each poster. DASH for the STASH will be available in the library through April 15th.

April 4-8, 2016, the $avvy $eawolf program will host a variety of financial literacy workshops across the UAA campus. See the event calendar here:
https://www.uaa.alaska.edu/financialaid/FinancialLit/finlitmonth2016.cfm.

Our two most recent presidents have both acknowledged the importance of financial education in America. With Executive Order 13455, former President Bush established the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy, and President Obama established the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans with Executive Order 13646. You can find those Executive Orders here: https://www.federalregister.gov/executive-orders. The Financial Literacy and Education Commission, which is part of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, provides a listing of many financial education resources here: https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/financial-education/Pages/commission-index.aspx.

Selected Titles:

Kiplinger’s money smart women [electronic resource]. Bodnar, J. (2007).

Make money, not excuses : Wake up, take charge, and overcome your financial fears forever [electronic resource]. Chatzky, J. S., & Denaker, S. (2006).

Your money or your life : Transforming your relationship with money and achieving financial independence. Dominguez, J. R., & Robin, V. (1999).

Common sense economics : What everyone should know about wealth and prosperity. Gwartney, J. D., & Gwartney, J. (2010).

Personal finance essentials. Heath, J. A., & Lopus, J. S. (2012).

Clark Howard’s living large for the long haul : Consumer-tested ways to overhaul your finances, increase your savings, and get your life back on track [electronic resource]. Howard, C. (2013).

Debt-proof living : The complete guide to living financially free. Hunt, M. (2005; 1999).

Retirement planning. Jasper, M. C. (2005).

Zero debt for college grads : From student loans to financial freedom. Khalfani-Cox, L. (2007).

The budget kit : The common cents money management workbook. Lawrence, J. (2008).

More than you know : Finding financial wisdom in unconventional places. Mauboussin, M. J. (2008).

How to get out of debt, stay out of debt & live prosperously. Mundis, J. J. (2003).

Combat finance : How military values and discipline will help you achieve financial freedom. Neddenriep, K. (2014).

Currency of the heart : A year of investing, death, work & coins. Nichols, D. R. (2002).

The index card : Why personal finance doesn’t have to be complicated. Olen, H., & Pollack, H. A. (2016).

The 9 steps to financial freedom. Orman, S. (1997).

Women & money : Owning the power to control your destiny [electronic resource] Orman, S., & Denaker, S. (2007).

Millennial money : How young investors can build a fortune. O’Shaughnessy, P. (2014).

Money, a memoir : Women, emotions, and cash. Perle, L. (2006).

Picture your prosperity : Smart money moves to turn your vision into reality. Rogin, E., & Kueng, L. (2015).

Smart is the new rich : Money guide for millennials. Romans, C. (2015).

Finance is personal : Making your money work for you in college and beyond. Stephenson, K., & Hutchins, A. B. (2015).

Debt cures “they” don’t want you to know about. Trudeau, K. (2008).

Personal finance for dummies. Tyson, E. (2006).

Financial literacy education : What do students need to know to plan for the future? : Hearing before the subcommittee on education reform of the committee on education and the workforce. United States Congress, House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Subcommittee on Education Reform (2004).

Consumer debt : Are credit cards bankrupting Americans? : Hearing before the subcommittee on commercial and administrative law of the committee on the judiciary. United States Congress, House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law (2009).

The importance of financial literacy among college students : Hearing before the committee on banking, housing, and urban affairs, United States Senate. United States Congress, Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs (2003).

Budgeting pays off after school! William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program (2001).

100% financial literacy success. Wilson, G. (2013).

 

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Verification and the Wild World Web

How can I be sure
In a world that’s constantly changing?
— The Young Rascals

That’s a good question, especially in our modern digital world – how exactly can you be sure?  You can increase your chances by learning how to think critically about online sources, and one title that can help is a new publication from the European Journalism Centre called the Verification Handbook: An Ultimate Guideline on Digital Age Sourcing for Emergency Coverage.  Remember the adage:  trust, but verify?  The attitude here is much more in the vein of verify, then trust.  Here’s the link for a free PDF download:

http://verificationhandbook.com

This title is intended for journalists and aid responders who need to quickly find out whether something is real or not.  But while the rest of us might not want to go so far as to directly contact the person who first uploaded the questioned content to social media, there’s a lot that non-journalists can learn from it, too.  It’s divided into ten short chapters on things like ‘3: Verifying User-Generated Content’ (UGC is an acronym to remember when reading this book – it’s everywhere!), ‘4: Verifying Images,’ and ‘5: Verifying Video.’  There are a number of interesting case studies that are like short detective stories; for instance, there’s one on a giant beach ball on a city street and another on sharks swimming in a suburb after Hurricane Sandy.  The book concentrates on news events, so other case studies include things like the Boston Marathon bombing and the 2011 Japanese earthquake.

The last chapter, ‘Verification Tools,’ lists several pages of useful internet tools and is worth browsing all by itself.  If you’d like more, you can also download two related free books from that same link, one of additional materials and more case studies, and another focusing on investigative reporting.

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Workshops for moving to the new version of RefWorks

refworksaRefWorks users must move to the new version of RefWorks citation management software by May 10th, 2016 when the old version expires. The new RefWorks has a number of nice features and it is very easy to move the citations from your old account to the new account.

How to Move to New RefWorks

In addition, the UAA/APU Consortium Library is offering workshops that will show you how simple it is to move your existing RefWorks citations and offer tips and tricks for how to get the most out of the new version.

  • In-person Workshop, Tue March 29th 1pm-2pm, Consortium Library Room 309