European Views of the Americas 1493 – 1750

EBSCO, in cooperation with the John Carter Brown Library, is proud to offer European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750, a free authoritative bibliography that is well-known and respected by scholars worldwide. The database contains more than 32,000 entries and is a comprehensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750. It covers the history of European exploration as well as portrayals of Native American peoples

The John Carter Brown Library, founded in 1846, is a foremost repository of rare books and materials and is a center for advanced research in history and the humanities.

Take a look at this unique historical resource available to the UAA/APU Consortium Library Community today!

http://web.a.ebscohost.com/ehost/search/advanced?sid=eb270946-b8b3-41bd-8528-4c579dc7088f%40sessionmgr4001&vid=0&hid=4112

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Keesing’s: The Monthly Global News Summary

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.

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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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LibQUAL Survey

Are there some changes you would like to see in the services, facilities and resources provided by the UAA/APU Consortium Library based on your own experiences? Take this opportunity and a few moments of your time to fill out the survey form provided in these links and be heard!

UAA – http://bit.ly/1oaIxEh

APU – http://bit.ly/1pgWFN4

We conduct this survey every three years. More than 1,200 libraries have participated in LibQUAL+, including college and university libraries and community college libraries. This internationally recognized survey, administered by the Association of Research Libraries, is our primary tool used to assess users’ perceptions of library services, collections, and space. It allows us to compare our performance with that of peer institutions, as well as tracking users’ satisfaction over time, comparing results with our earlier surveys. It gives our library users a chance to tell us where our services need improvement so we can respond to and better manage their expectations. We pay close attention to survey results, including user comments, and have used LibQUAL Survey results to guide changes we’ve made in recent years.

Thank you.

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Desert Island Databases

I began wondering recently which databases and web resources I’d want to have available if I suddenly found myself marooned on a remote island resort in the Indian Ocean like San Serriffe. While we have many wonderful resources available to us through the Consortium Library (and after graduation, through SLED – http://sled.alaska.edu ), my needs might be very different as a castaway. But since I’d be a modern castaway with modern requirements, I’ll plan on finding a wifi coconut tree with battery-charging connections in the trunk, a top quality laptop near a comfortable beach chaise overlooking the sea, and – with any luck – a nice cold kiwi fruit drink right next to an iPad-Mini Retina! But what shall I use them for? Here are a few things that come to mind; the websites are easy to find, and clicking on the ‘Databases’ link on the Library’s home page will lead you to the rest.

1a. Project Gutenberg. (https://www.gutenberg.org )
1b. Literature Criticism Online
     Robinson Crusoe and The Swiss Family Robinson would be good castaway role models that I could find in Project Gutenberg, but what if I needed to find out what other people had thought of those books? I’d probably start by searching in Literature Criticism Online.

2. National Geographic Database.
Now, how much, when puka comes to shell, do I really know about islands in the Indian Ocean? Searching the full online text of the National Geographic database can only help!

3a. Mango Languages
3b. LLBA (Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts)
What if Friday shows up and I can’t talk with him? After all, he may want a kiwi fruit drink, too, or to borrow my laptop, or – more importantly – he might know where the kiwi supply is! If I’m signed into Mango Languages, then I can practice any of 30-odd languages and see if he understands me at all. And if they’re all Greek to Friday, then searching in LLBA might come up with articles to help me understand common linguistic patterns of Indian Ocean populations.

4a. PubMed (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed )
4b. Toxline
4c. Zoological Record
Well, it IS the tropics, after all, and it might not be all pineapples and coconut cream pies out there. It only makes sense to have some excellent health information resources like PubMed on hand just in case. And does anyone know if there are any poisonous snakes or insects on San Serriffe? Better check Zoological Record and Toxline — and taking another careful look in that National Geographic database won’t hurt, either!

5a. Sage Research Methods
5b. Student Resources in Context
If I were a student and had to work on a capstone project while marooned at San Serriffe, this database could help me learn how to do effective social science research. For term papers for other classes, I could find a lot of articles on many different subjects in Student Resources in Context. When I finished writing my paper, I’d cork it in a digital bottle with my professor’s address on it, and throw it as far as I could into the wine-dark electronic sea. I’m sure it’ll get to my professor eventually — after all, how many degrees of separation can there be?

6a. The Complete Manual of Typography, 2nd ed. (REF Z250.F44 2012).
6b. How To Write (eBook)
I won’t go on to a full ten listings this time, but it might be useful to know where to find a good typographic manual, such as James Felici’s The Complete Manual of Typography, 2nd ed. (REF Z250.F44 2012), and a nice ebook on general writing like Alastair Fowler’s How to Write (you can find links to ebooks in QuickSearch and the Library Catalog). After all, you never know when a copy of Microsoft Office might wash up on the beach at San Serriffe, and both of those books could be a lifesaver as I speed-write my castaway memoirs to have them ready for instant publication once I’m rescued! Ah, I can almost feel a warm tropical breeze riffling through my first draft right now… New York Times Best Seller List and Hollywood, here I come!

By the way, if you’re interested in finding out more about that wonderful island hideaway of San Serriffe, here’s all the travel information you’ll ever need to start planning that idyllic February getaway:

http://hoaxes.org/archive/permalink/san_serriffe

You can find a little more on San Serriffe in The Times [of London] Digital Archives 1785-2007, along with plenty of other articles. Have fun, slather on plenty of that no. 40 sunscreen, and don’t forget to write!

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