To the Consortium Library … and beyond!

Did you know that you can search beyond the holdings in the Consortium Library simply by checking a box in Quick Search?

Once you’ve done a search, look for the check box (below the search box and to the right of the number of results) that says:

Add results beyond your library’s collection

Using this feature will search all +900 million items known to QuickSearch.  Click on the title of the item to place an interlibrary loan.

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Handbook of Chemistry & Physics is online

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.


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Have you tried Google Scholar yet?

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.

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Alaska’s Flora and Fauna

What is that bird I hear every morning? Is that plant poisonous? How many kinds of edible berries are there in Alaska? Where is the best place to look for mushrooms?

For answers to these and other questions, take a look in the Library’s catalog for books, field guides, handbooks, and much more on the plants and animals found in Alaska.

Don’t forget that ARLIS has a variety of these sources as well.

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Celebrate 75 years of MathSciNet

MathSciNet, the comprehensive database covering the world’s mathematical literature from the American Mathematical Society, celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.  The database includes reviews, abstracts, and citations for much of the mathematical sciences literature, with over 100,000 new items added every year.  Coverage goes back to the early 1800s.


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For all your Engineering research needs…

Try Compendex!

Compendex is the most comprehensive database of scientific and technical engineering research available, covering all aspects of engineering disciplines. It includes millions of citations and abstracts from thousands of engineering journals and conference proceedings from 80 countries, and covers well over 120 years of core engineering literature.

Browse indexes are available for searching by author, author affiliation, source, publisher, and subject terms.


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Animal Biology A to Z …

… can be found in Zoological Record.  Even though the printed index, and eventually the online database, have been around since 1864, UAA just started a subscription this year when the Library upgraded its Web of Science package.  As the oldest continuing database of animal biology and the world’s leading taxonomic reference, it acts as the world’s unofficial register of animal names.  The broad scope of coverage ranges from biodiversity and the environment to taxonomy and veterinary sciences.

Find Zoological Record under Z in the list of Databases, or select it from the the list in Web of Science — All Databases.

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Earthquake! There’s a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on ….

Can your building handle an earthquake?  Need to know the specs for designing structures in earthquake-prone areas like Alaska?  Find out in one of the Consortium Library’s many full text eBooks available in EngNetBase (CRC), Access Engineering (McGraw-Hill), or Earth & Environmental Science (Springer).  Or try QuickSearch and limit to Books/eBooks to find them all.


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A video is worth a thousand words…

… especially if you are trying to describe or teach someone how to do a scientific experiment.  No worries.  JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, can help.

Begun in 2006, JoVE is the world’s first peer reviewed scientific video journal dedicated to publishing scientific research in a visual format.  Thousands of video articles from top research institutions worldwide have been published in JoVE.

You’ll find JoVE in the list of journals available through the Consortium Library.  Have a look!

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On this day in London, 1785 …

Did you know that the Consortium Library has access to the historical archive of The Times, London’s major newspaper, from 1785 to 2004?

Do some primary source research on the French Revolution or the War of 1812 (from the English perspective), Jack the Ripper or Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, Lord Horatio Nelson or Charles Darwin, or any one of a number of topics. It even includes Letters to the Editor and Classified and Display Advertising.

Or find out what was happening on your birthday in London 100 or 200+ years ago!

You’ll find it under Times Digital Archive, 1785-2004 on the Databases page.

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