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What is a review of the literature?

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.

To learn more about literature reviews and the specific search techniques to use within a particular database to find them, see the Library How-to Guide entitled Literature Reviews.

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Tools to help you cite your sources

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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.

refworksWant 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.

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Don’t forget the databases

Finding scholarly content can be a challenge nowadays. How can 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:

Librarians Do Gaga

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Chat with a librarian

Are you at a dead end in your research and need help 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.  Librarians are also available via email, phone and in-person at the reference desk on the 1st floor of the UAA/APU Consortium Library.

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Textbooks and UAA/APU Consortium Library

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 by your professor for your class. Make sure you provide the people at the desk the instructor last name and the title of the item. Or you can check yourself by going to Course Reserves 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.

Good luck!

 

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Alaska Resources for Teachers

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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Textbooks and the UAA/APU Consortium Library

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.

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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.

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