The Nobel committee has awarded Svetlana Alexievich “for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time”. Svetlana is known for her expansive oral history writings that document the breakdown of the Soviet Union.
Sara Danius, the permanent secretary to the academy explained that “For the past 30 or 40 years she’s been busy mapping the Soviet and post soviet individual,” and additionally, “it’s not really about a history of events. It’s a history of emotions – what she’s offering us is really an emotional world, so these historical events she’s covering in her various books, for example the Chernobyl disaster, the Soviet war in Afghanistan, these are in a way just pretexts for exploring the Soviet individual and the post-Soviet individual.” and “She’s devised a new kind of literary genre. It’s a true achievement not only in material but also in form.”
In the book, “Voices from Chernobyl“, Alexievich talks to hundreds of people affected in different ways by the Chernobyl nuclear accident. Another highly acclaimed book by Alexievich is “War’s Unwomanly Face” (1988), based on interviews with hundreds of women who took part in World War II. Here at the Consortium Library, we have among other titles, her book “Zinky Boys: Soviet Voices from the Afghanistan War“.
Are you teaching a course? Do you need to incorporate library content into your courseware or website? We have just the resource for you. A library guide that provides information about how to incorporate articles, ebooks, streaming video, and other content into your course.
Did you know that you can search beyond the holdings in the Consortium Library simply by checking a box in Quick Search?
Once you’ve done a search, look for the check box (below the search box and to the right of the number of results) that says:
Add results beyond your library’s collection
Using this feature will search all +900 million items known to QuickSearch. Click on the title of the item to place an interlibrary loan.
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.
Thanks to the Alaska State Library, all Alaskans have access to Live Homework Help, 7 days a week from 12:00 noon until 2:00 AM. This online tutoring service is offered as one of the Alaska State Library’s SLED (Statewide Library Electronic Doorway) databases. The website for SLED is http://lam.alaska.gov/sled/
Tutors knowledgeable in curricular content from kindergarten through entry-level college courses are available through SLED. If you have questions about this or other resources, Ask A Librarian! Email a librarian, stop by the Consortium Library, or call the Consortium Library to ask a question at 907-786-1848. Consortium Library faculty are here to help!
Celebrating over 100 years since its first publication, the content of the 96th Edition of the CRC Handbook of Chemistry & Physics (2015-2016) is available online.
A well established reference source, the CRC Handbook serves the scientific community as a prime source of reliable information for chemistry, physics, and related fields including constants, formulas, and much more.
You can also find it through the list of Databases (choose H from the A-Z list) or through the Library catalog by searching for the title and limiting to book/ebook.
Use the Table of Contents on the left side of the screen to explore different sections of the Handbook.
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.
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.