Are you aware that you can access Alaskan themed curriculum kits with an environmental education, natural or physical science focus? Simply come to the UAA/APU Consortium Library with your UAA/APU ID or a Municipality library card, walk into ARLIS (Alaska Resources and Library Information Services) located on the first floor and you will be able to access a myriad of materials that will enhance your curriculum and provide sensory opportunities for students in K-12. For more information click here.
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Do you have an assignment where you need to complete a literature review on a topic but are not sure what literature reviews are or how to find them?
A literature review examines the significant works (books, scholarly articles, dissertations, and other works) on a particular issue, area of research, or theory and provides a critical evaluation or analysis of each work in relation to the problem or topic being investigated.
Looking for a 1 credit course to take Spring of 2015? Consider taking LS 101 and learn how to efficiently find and ethically use information. From formulating your research topic to evaluating sources, Library Resources and Information Retrieval will prove valuable to your academic career and beyond.
Are you at a dead end in your research and need help with finding sources? Or have you found a citation that you need help accessing? Chat with a Research and Instruction Librarian to get assistance with these and other questions related to succeeding in research!
Your class requires a $100 textbook. You go to the library to see if you might be able to get it there but they do not have it.
What should you do? The Library does not purchase textbooks due to the frequent changes in editions.
Luckily, we have some options for you:
1) Check with the circulation desk to see if the book was put on reserve for your class. Make sure you give 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, buy used, or try an open textbook.
Search terms can make or break your research. Thinking differently about the terms you are using to search on a topic can sometimes create different search results. Pulling out main idea words from your topic and identifying synonyms can open up a world of relevant sources on your topic. To learn more about how to think differently about the search terms you are using watch this quick tutorial on Main Idea Words.
Need to take a 1 credit course? Want to learn how to select and ethically use library resources to succeed in research? Take LS 101 online to become an expert researcher.
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? RefWorks is a 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.
CQ Researcher allows you access to in-depth, unbiased reports on current issues in the news. These reports not only include pro and con viewpoints on a topic but also provide relevant statistics. Read the most recent report on Government Spending and see what CQ Researcher is all about: http://library.cqpress.com/cqresearcher/document.php?id=cqresrre2013071200
Finding scholarly content can be a challenge nowadays. How do you determine that a source that you find on the internet is credible, accurate and effectively supports your research topic? Start your search with the library’s databases! The library subscribes to over 200 databases covering topics from construction management to theatre and dance.
Speaking of dance, the librarians at the University of Washington put together a video based on Lady Gaga’s song, Poker Face to showcase their amazing library resources: