Do you need to find information about how to do a writing assignment such as creating an annotated bibliography, doing a literature review, writing a business plan, or writing a book review? If so there is a How to Guides section on the Library’s website. It’s under Research Help. The guide is called Writing Assignments.
Librarians at the Reference Desk can also help you with finding sources of information that you can use for these projects, such as research articles, citations, books, and literature review articles. Just Ask-A-Librarian either at the first floor reference desk (next to the pendulum) or online.
For help in writing the actual assignment, there is a Writing Center on campus in the Learning Resources Center, they have tutors who can help with writing assignments.
If you can’t make it to the Writing Center, there is an online service called Live Homework Help.
For those of you still looking for unique content from Library Research tools, take a look at these!
The Times (London) Digital Archives – allows you to browse the pages of this historic newspaper from 1785 to 2008.
National Geographic Virtual Library – Search the pages of this acclaimed Geographic publication back to 1888.
Take time to explore what is available to you at the Consortium Library today.
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.
Refworks is a tool that helps you manage citations for your research and writing. It allows you to create bibliographies for your papers easily in the appropriate citation style for your assignment. If you need help using this tool, there are multiple ways to receive help: the reference desk librarians, the refworks support email, online tutorials and webinars. You can find links to all of this from the Refworks page on the library’s website.
Don’t overlook ARLIS – The Alaska Resources Library & Information Services, if you are interested in Alaska Natural/Cultural resources.
Here you will find resources on topics such as:
Oil & Gas exploration
Fisheries & Game management
Climate Change in the Circumpolar North
Alaska Minerals & Mining (including Pebble)
Alaska and Northern Geology
Public Lands and National Parks
Wildlife habitat & Conservation in the Far North
etc., etc., etc.
Visit ARLIS – located on the ground floor in the Consortium Library, OR at www.arlis.org
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.
Check out the Testing and Education Reference Center for CLEP, SAT, GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, high school AP, and many career exam study materials. There is even a module on building a resume! This database is available to all Alaskans!
If you have a project to get started for a class, there are several ways to start. You can ask for help at the reference desk. You can search in QuickSearch on the front page of the Library’s website. There are research guides by subject. Or you can go to the How To Guides under Help with Research.
GeoScienceWorld is a comprehensive resource on the web for information, research, and communications in geology and the earth sciences.
Integrated with the GeoRef database, it also offers access to 45 scholarly full text journals and features a map coordinate search and “Topic Maps” that plot the links between publications.