Did you know that online tutoring is available?

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!

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Handbook of Chemistry & Physics is online

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.


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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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Looking for Journal Titles

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.

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Have you tried Google Scholar yet?

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.

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Goodbye LexisNexis, Hello Westlaw

If you use LexisNexis to find business and legal information, there’s a change coming to our database lineup that you’ll want to know about. Our access to LexisNexis will end on July 31, 2015. Earlier this year, we purchased Westlaw, a database that also provides business and legal information. If you’ve been using LexisNexis for your research, give Westlaw a try. If you have any questions about using Westlaw (or any of our other databases, for that matter), you can call, email, or chat with a Reference Librarian by visiting http://ask.consortiumlibrary.org/.

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Alaska’s Flora and Fauna

What is that bird I hear every morning? Is that plant poisonous? How many kinds of edible berries are there in Alaska? Where is the best place to look for mushrooms?

For answers to these and other questions, take a look in the Library’s catalog for books, field guides, handbooks, and much more on the plants and animals found in Alaska.

Don’t forget that ARLIS has a variety of these sources as well.

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Papers of the Founding Fathers Are Online

Using Founders Online, you can search through and read the correspondence, diaries, and other papers of our founding fathers: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Alexander Hamilton. The website is produced by the National Archives’ National Historical Publication and Records Commission and the University of Virginia Press. Enjoy reading what the Founders wrote and discussed during the first draft of the American democracy!

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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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Celebrate 75 years of MathSciNet

MathSciNet, the comprehensive database covering the world’s mathematical literature from the American Mathematical Society, celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.  The database includes reviews, abstracts, and citations for much of the mathematical sciences literature, with over 100,000 new items added every year.  Coverage goes back to the early 1800s.


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