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?
…then you can use the Journal Titles finder on the Consortium Library website. Go to Journal Titles in the main box and then type in your journal title or search by subject for a list of titles.
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.
Our current exhibit in the great room of the Library is all about food in Alaska, with items from the Rare Books collection including cookbooks from the state. After the success (or at least entertainment value) of last year’s Convalescent’s Banquet, … Continue reading
Red Light to Starboard: Recalling the Exxon Valdez Disaster
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:
Mango Languages, available to Alaskans through sled.alaska.edu.
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.
When the skies are gloomy our great room is a great place to hang out.
If you use LexisNexis to find business and legal information, there’s a change coming to our database lineup that you’ll want to know about. Our access to LexisNexis will end on July 31, 2015. Earlier this year, we purchased Westlaw, a database that also provides business and legal information. If you’ve been using LexisNexis for your research, give Westlaw a try. If you have any questions about using Westlaw (or any of our other databases, for that matter), you can call, email, or chat with a Reference Librarian by visiting http://ask.consortiumlibrary.org/.
We frequently get asked: “what’s your favorite [collection/photo/document/etc]?” That’s a hard question to answer! And it’s usually dependent on what we’ve had our hands on recently. By turns funny, sad, poignant, thoughtful, it can vary. This week, though, we’ve been … Continue reading
All summer long our group study rooms are available on a first come first served basis with no time limits.