Using Founders Online, you can search through and read the correspondence, diaries, and other papers of our founding fathers: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Alexander Hamilton. The website is produced by the National Archives’ National Historical Publication and Records Commission and the University of Virginia Press. Enjoy reading what the Founders wrote and discussed during the first draft of the American democracy!
Whether you want to keep up with current events or you are looking for an historical perspective on past developments, Keesing’s World News Archive is the database to use! Since 1931, its monthly summaries have objectively presented the world’s important political, social, and economic events in each country, for major international organizations, and within selected topics.
Coverage includes elections and changes of government; wars, treaties, appointments, and diplomacy; terrorism and issues of internal security; legislation, budgets, economic developments and international agreements; actions by the UN and other international organizations; natural disasters; environmental issues; and scientific discoveries.
Where else could you easily find the 1958 tally of federal votes for Alaska’s statehood?
Jul 1958 – Alaska becomes the 49th State of the Union.
An Administration Bill making Alaska the 49th State of the Union was signed by President Eisenhower on July 7 after it had been passed by the House of Representatives on May 28 by 208 votes to 166, and by the Senate on June 30 by 64 votes to 20. In signing the Bill, the President expressed his pleasure at the Congressional action but also his regret that no similar action had been taken to admit Hawaii to the Union.
The 208 affirmative votes in the House of Representatives comprised 117 Democrats and 91 Republicans, while the 166 opposing votes comprised 81 Democrats and 85 Republicans.
The Internet Archive and Open Library offers more than 6,000,000 fully accessible public domain eBooks. There is a modern collection of over 500,000 eBooks for users with print disabilities, as well as a specially selected modern collection for the world at large. You can browse, read, and borrow fascinating contemporary materials at OpenLibrary.org.
ARLIS is the “Mother Lode of Alaska Resources Information” and has collections you won’t find anywhere else. Many of these can be discovered through its Hidden Collections Guide which describes resources that you can use with finding aids and assistance from ARLIS librarians. Whether you’re interested in geology, education, art, environmental studies, climate change, anthropology, the 1964 Alaska earthquake, or the proposed Pebble Mine and more, click on the link below to learn about treasures available to you through ARLIS.
Have you seen the black bear at ARLIS (the one inside, not outside)? And what’s up with all of those stuffed birds? And that caribou mount? Most of these have come to ARLIS from the AK Dept. of Fish & Game for educational purposes. There are even kits for check-out to educators on the road system. Whether you need a skull to draw, a bird or fish to paint, or a clear view of an animal’s anatomy, ARLIS has it all. Just across the hall from the Consortium Library reference desk.
Want to save yourself time and sorrow in formatting and sharing bibliographies for papers and group projects? Need to put that reference list and those in-text citations in APA format? It’s a snap with RefWorks! Oops, did you need them in Chicago style? Just make a change to your list! You’re really missing out if you aren’t using this amazing and friendly software program underwritten and brought to you courtesy of the Consortium Library.
You can find RefWorks (along with a short tutorial) on the Consortium Library’s homepage. You won’t be disappointed!
If you’re working on a paper or project and need an overview of the life and works of one or more artists, don’t overlook the great information and vast number of images contained in the Oxford Dictionary of Art. Written by nearly 7,000 experts from around the world, it includes more than 45,000 topics about art, artists, art critics, art collectors, and anything else connected to the world of art. If you look up an artist by name, you’ll find a brief introduction placing the artist in context, followed by a longer essay that includes a list and discussion of works, as well as a bibliography for further information.