Wednesday, January 27, 9am-10am, Deb the Librarian interviewed Dave Dannenberg, DJ of TechnoRadio and the Director of Academic Innovations and eLearning. In addition to providing insight into the Academic Innovations and eLearning Department, Dave discussed ePortfolios and distance learning resources.
Digication ePortfolio software is available to UAA students at alaska.digication.com. Questions about how to use or create an ePortfolio? Call 786-4496, or check out Academic Innovations and eLearning’s ePortfolio website at https://www.uaa.alaska.edu/academicinnovations/eportfolios.cfm
Resources for eLearning and entertainment!
Atomic Learning, lynda.com and hoopladigital.com were discussed on today’s show.
Atomic Learning provides online learning opportunities for UAA students. Search for Atomic Learning in the UAA search box to see what videos are available.
Lynda.com, another resource that provides learning opportunities on photography, 3D, business, and more, has become available through the Anchorage Public Library. You can log on with an Anchorage Public Library card. Go to an Anchorage Public Library branch, check out www.anchoragelibrary.org or call 907-343-2975 for more information about obtaining a library card.
Hoopladigital.com is also available through the public library. Hoopla allows you to “instantly borrow free digital movies, music, eBooks and more, 24/7 with your [Anchorage] library card” (hoopladigital.com promotional bookmark). The three step process for signing up for hoopladigital.com:
1) Download the app or go to hoopladigital.com
2) Log in with your Anchorage Public Library card
3) Borrow free digital movies, music and more!
Informational radio programs on KRUA, 88.1FM, www.kruaradio.org!
Listen to TechnoRadio on Tuesdays from 9am-10am or Thursdays from 4pm-5pm. Listen to Informania on Wednesdays from 9am-10am or Thursdays from 5pm-6pm. Listen and be informed!
The Consortium Library Prize lauds an exemplary undergraduate research project from any discipline which demonstrates evidence of significant scholarly investigation and utilization of library resources, print as well as electronic. The winning student author will be officially recognized university-wide and will receive a $500 award.
Deadline: March 22, 2016 at 5:00pm
For more information, please visit the Consortium Library Prize webpage.
Are you doing research in relation to criminal justice topics? If so, did you know that the Justice Center does all kinds of research studies and produces data that can be highly useful. See information about what is available on their website. Also, during 2015 the Justice Center celebrated 40 years 1975-2015.
Well, no actually. The Consortium Library does not purchase textbooks for classes. Luckily, you have some alternatives:
1) Stop by the Library’s circulation desk to see if the book for your class has been put on reserve by your professor. Make sure you know the instructor’s last name and the title of the item. Or you can check for yourself by going to Course Reserves and looking for the course by instructor last name, course name, or course ID.
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.
Good luck with the spring semester!
[First, a brief update on the October 21st post on Tutankhamun’s tomb: radar scanning in late November gave researchers 90 percent confidence that there is more to the burial chamber beyond its interior walls; they’ll investigate further over the next few months.]
What with one incredible photograph after another coming back from Pluto over these past several months, it’s a good time to check out space exploration resources! Books yet to be published will have plenty of information about Pluto and its moons, but for right now, the best source of new information on Pluto is NASA’s New Horizons website:
We also have some excellent titles on other aspects of the solar system and the universe. This next title is a good general reference for the solar system (although the New Horizons Pluto flyby, along with other recent missions, will certainly require a new edition soon):
REF QB501.E53 2007 Encyclopedia of the Solar System, 2nd ed. (2007)
In addition, we have atlases concerning Mars exploration, the Galilean Moons of Jupiter, our own moon, and other planets and moons. You can find links to these following three ebooks by searching on their titles in the Library Catalog:
eBook The international Atlas of Mars Exploration: Vol. 1, 1953 to 2003 (2012)
eBook Atlas of the Galilean Satellites (2010)
eBook Photographic Atlas of the Moon (2002)
The non-photographic Times Atlas of the Moon can be found in the Oversize Collection, as well as in one of the Reference Collection atlas cases.
OVR QB595.U49 1969 Times Atlas of the Moon
One of our most recent titles covers the just-ending Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn, including information on the giant geysers on the ice moon Enceladus, Titan, Saturn’s rings, and much more:
QB671.M45 2015 The Cassini-Huygens Visit to Saturn (2015)
QB means Astronomy in the Library of Congress call number system, so you can find interesting books on everything from asteroids to galaxies just by browsing the QBs in the Reference, General, and Oversize collections; the NAS section for NASA in the Government Documents section also has some very interesting works, such as this periodical that is available both in print and online:
GOV DOCS NAS 1.83/4 Hubble … Science Year in Review
More extrasolar ‘exoplanets’ are being discovered every day; this ebook is an excellent title that discusses both exoplanets and the possibilities of discovering life:
eBook The Life of Super-Earths (2012)
There are some astronomy-related DVDs in the Media Collection:
MEDIA QB88.F68 2009 400 Years of the Telescope (2009)
MEDIA QB500.268.T443 2010 Telescope: Hunting the Edge of Space (2010)
Two classics worth seeing are ‘Cosmos’ and ‘Powers of Ten.’ Carl Sagan’s 13-part ‘Cosmos,’ which was first broadcast in 1980, has inspired so many people:
MEDIA QB44.2.C834 2000 Cosmos (re-mastered, restored, and enhanced edition)
The captivating 9-minute Charles and Ray Eames 1968 film, ‘Powers of Ten,’ is an impressive demonstration of just how big — and small — the universe really is. What, the title doesn’t sound very interesting? Give it one minute and you’ll want to watch the whole thing. Scroll to the bottom of this web page for the video:
Powers of Ten and the Relative Size of Things in the Universe
The narrator of ‘Powers of Ten,’ by the way, is not just any voice, but that of Philip Morrison, a noted physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project, helped assemble the Nagasaki bomb, and later became a strong advocate for the non-militaristic use of nuclear energy.
The last title I’ll mention is one that local libraries don’t have right now, but is worth knowing about. It’s a beautifully illustrated book of space as imagined by artists:
The Art of Space: The History of Space Art, from the Earliest Visions to the Graphics of the Modern Era (2014)
Writing a paper and need to cite your sources using a specific citation style? Try accessing Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab. The OWL at Purdue provides style guides for MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.
Want a place to store all of your sources and help create your reference list? Try using RefWorks. RefWorks is a cloud-based citation management software that is free for any UAA or APU student to use. Researchers can seamlessly export citations from most databases and create folders to store them in.
Do you remember reading about college athletes in the news earlier this semester?
In August, news sources across the country reported on a decision about Northwestern University football players who petitioned to form a union and, essentially, to be recognized as employees. That decision came from the National Labor Relations Board, or NLRB.
You’ll find a record for electronically-published NLRB decisions in the Consortium Library catalog; that record provides links to the NLRB Cases & Decisions website. As a participant of the Federal Depository Library Program, the Consortium Library provides access to government publications such as NLRB decisions.
Why might you want to follow that link to view this kind of government document for yourself? This particular NLRB decision is 19 pages long, and it is a detailed document that can’t be fully represented by a 30-second news clip or a 300-word news article. There’s no substitute for reading the full text for yourself. Also, locating the full text from its original source can lead you to related sources – in this case, the many other documents NLRB has pertaining to this issue. Following these kinds of breadcrumbs is key to doing thorough research.