Are you at a dead end in your research and need help finding sources? Or have you found a citation that you need help accessing? Chat with a Research and Instruction Librarian to get assistance with these and other questions related to succeeding in research. Librarians are also available via email, phone and in-person at the reference desk on the 1st floor of the UAA/APU Consortium Library.
On August 31, 2015, Deb the Librarian had the great fortune to interview Helen Chen, Senior Researcher for the Designing Education Lab and the Director of ePortfolio Initiative at Stanford University, and Tracy Penny Light, Executive Director of the Centre for Student Engagement and Learning at Thomson Rivers University in British Columbia. Listen to this Informania to discover the value and many applications of ePortfolios; and how they are used as an effective high impact learning opportunity and a tool to demonstrate skills, competencies and learning abilities.
Thanks to the Alaska State Library, all Alaskans have access to Live Homework Help, 7 days a week from 12:00 noon until 2:00 AM. This online tutoring service is offered as one of the Alaska State Library’s SLED (Statewide Library Electronic Doorway) databases. The website for SLED is http://lam.alaska.gov/sled/
Tutors knowledgeable in curricular content from kindergarten through entry-level college courses are available through SLED. If you have questions about this or other resources, Ask A Librarian! Email a librarian, stop by the Consortium Library, or call the Consortium Library to ask a question at 907-786-1848.
Consortium Library faculty are here to help!
Celebrating over 100 years since its first publication, the content of the 96th Edition of the CRC Handbook of Chemistry & Physics (2015-2016) is available online.
A well established reference source, the CRC Handbook serves the scientific community as a prime source of reliable information for chemistry, physics, and related fields including constants, formulas, and much more.
You can also find it through the list of Databases (choose H from the A-Z list) or through the Library catalog by searching for the title and limiting to book/ebook.
Use the Table of Contents on the left side of the screen to explore different sections of the Handbook.
Fall semester 2015 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 for your class. Make sure you provide the people at the desk the course name and/or instructor last name. Or you can check yourself by going to the Library Catalog and looking for the course by instructor name, course ID or title.
2) Check if you are able to rent the textbook through the UAA Campus Bookstore or purchase a used copy.
3) Try one of the websites listed in our Textbook guide to rent, download, purchase used, or access an open textbook.
If you are looking for specific journal titles and would like to know:
a) Do we have a specific journal?
b) In what format do we have the journal (in print or online)?
c) What is the coverage of the journal?
d) What journals do we have within certain subject areas?
Tip: If the journal that you are looking for is in online format, you will be able to see what databases the journal is in and link directly to it.
Google Scholar is another way to search for scholarly literature across multiple disciplines from one place. Google Scholar finds articles, theses, books, abstracts, and court opinions from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities, and other web sites.
And the most important thing! Be sure to access Google Scholar through the library’s homepage to turn on “Check Library for Full Text,” a value-added feature that will identify if the item is in the library’s print and/or electronic collection.
The best way to get there is to select “Databases” from the library homepage, and choose “G” from the alphabetical list.
By Angela Day
A quarter-century later, recalling the widespread woe of Exxon Valdez
“Red Light to Starboard” is an exceptional piece of narrative history. The story of one person harmed by the Exxon Valdez oil spill forms the backbone of this book, which weaves personal experience within the larger narrative.
Connor Keesecker, KRUA Station Manager, and recent University of Alaska Anchorage graduate in International Studies, shares information about his experience at KRUA and the great opportunities available for students and community members at UAA’s student radio station. To find out more about how to get involved at KRUA go to www.kruaradio.org.
Sources mentioned this week on Informania include:
Archive.org, a great resource for historical text, video and audio collections.
The Economist, a resource for current world news.
BBC (British Broadcasting Corp.), a resource for world news from a United Kingdom perspective.
Al Jezeera, English version of Arabic news resource.
Phi Alpha Theta, National History Honor Society with UAA student chapter.