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:
Graduate student theses (Master’s level) and dissertations (PhD – Doctoral level) are searchable through QuickSearch on the Consortium Library’s home page, or you can go to the Dissertations/Theses Full Text database directly. Questions? Ask a librarian!
The Consortium Library has lots of Ebooks on all sorts of topics. There are several ways to find them:
1. search the list of Ebooks 2. limit QuickSearch to “Books/eBooks”
3. search our new library catalog interface; once you find some results, limit to “Electronic resource.”
Questions? Start with this helpful Guide to Ebooks or Ask a Librarian.
The Poet Laureate, Natasha Tretheway commenced her residency in January of this year, in Washington D.C. To find out more about this poet and previous Poet Laureates, see the Library of Congress website on Poetry and Literature.
If you are looking for other poetry resources, consider the following databases:
Literature Criticism Online featuring Critical literary analysis of authors and their works across a broad range of regions, eras, and genres. Includes Something About the Author Online and Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online.
Literature Resource Center featuring access to biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of more than 120,000 authors from every age and literary discipline.
Literary Index featuring a master index to Gale’s series for authors and literary criticism.
Access these databases by clicking on Databases (a subheading in the box called Find Books & Articles) on our main library page and then selecting the letter ‘L’. Scroll down to the database titles listed above.
If so, then try our new business database called ReferenceUSA, available to all students, faculty, and staff at UAA and APU.
ReferenceUSA helps you create marketing plans, conduct competitive analysis, raise funds, and locate people. The database provides real-time access to information on more than 20 million U.S. businesses, 1.5 million Canadian businesses, and 222 million consumers, as well as nearly 900,000 listings for physicians and dentists.
Company information is searchable by SIC/NAICS codes or key words, and sortable by size of company, company income, geographic location, etc. You can create customized lists and data for your research needs!
We have been purchasing ebooks for the Reference Collection for some time now, but this past year we have been selecting ebooks over books when possible. Here are a few interesting ebook titles we’ve added in recent months; search on their titles in the Library Catalog to find the links:
Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability (in 10 vols.)
Handbook of Psychology (in 12 vols.; from Wiley)
Encyclopedia of Sports Management and Marketing (4 vols.; from Sage)
Historical Dictionary of Tibet
Historical Dictionary of Afghanistan, 4th ed.
Bloggers Boot Camp
Encyclopedia of Arthritis
Almanac of American Politics 2012
Cities, Cultural Policies, and Governance
Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought
A Green Vitruvius: Principles and Practice of Sustainable Architectural Design
Civil War Naval Encyclopedia
American Indians and Popular Culture
Substance Abuse in America: A Documentary and Reference Guide
Brazil Today: an Encyclopedia of Life in the Republic
History of American Presidential Elections, 1789-2008
Mexican Political Biographies, 1935-2009
If you’re working on a paper or project and need an overview of the life and works of one or more artists, don’t overlook the great information and vast number of images contained in the Oxford Dictionary of Art. Written by nearly 7,000 experts from around the world, it includes more than 45,000 topics about art, artists, art critics, art collectors, and anything else connected to the world of art. If you look up an artist by name, you’ll find a brief introduction placing the artist in context, followed by a longer essay that includes a list and discussion of works, as well as a bibliography for further information.