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.
One of our most common ebook sources is ebrary (which is now owned by ProQuest). ebrary has just come out with an updated interface after several years of ‘the same old thing,’ and two immediate advantages are, first, (to quote Etta James) At Last! we can read the content by scrolling smoothly through many pages rather than having to use the arrow icons in the menu bar to go back and forth one page at a time! And second, the only search box in sight searches in the ebook you’re reading; there were two search boxes in the old version and the most prominent search box could get you lost very fast because it searched everything in ebrary rather than just your ebook.
For more search functions, there’s now a search menu at the top of the interface. The content now appears on the right with the table of contents on the left, and you can still have a user account where you can select your own ‘bookshelf’ of titles and keep notes on the content. The various functions, such as magnifying the text, seem to work more smoothly than in the older version. All in all, using the new ebrary interface is a much more pleasant experience than the older version. By the way, while our titles are available for online reading, they won’t download unless we’ve got a multiple-user license for them; that’s why you’ll often see a ‘Not Available for Download’ message.
I’ve been looking at the Encyclopedia of the Mexican-American War while writing this; going somewhat beyond Mexico, here’s another ebrary example that’s worth searching for in the catalog or QuickSearch:
Atlas of the Galilean Satellites
After the introductory chapters, there’s a fine moon-by-moon display of maps and photographs for Calisto, Ganymede, Europa, and Io. Enjoy!
Exactly 100 years ago today, the Battle of Tannenberg (August 26 – August 30, 1914) began, marking the first great clash between the armies of Imperial Germany and Tsarist Russia.
The First World War, whose centennial we mark this year, was a series of cataclysmic events which continue to shape the world we live in today.
If you are interested in finding out more concerning the causes and consequences of the calamitous events of 1914-1918, your Consortium Library has the resources and skilled researchers to assist you.
Contact a reference librarian and get started.
ARLIS is the “Mother Lode of Alaska Resources Information” and has collections you won’t find anywhere else. Many of these can be discovered through its Hidden Collections Guide which describes resources that you can use with finding aids and assistance from ARLIS librarians. Whether you’re interested in geology, education, art, environmental studies, climate change, anthropology, the 1964 Alaska earthquake, or the proposed Pebble Mine and more, click on the link below to learn about treasures available to you through ARLIS.
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.
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.
… especially if you are trying to describe or teach someone how to do a scientific experiment. No worries. JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, can help.
Begun in 2006, JoVE is the world’s first peer reviewed scientific video journal dedicated to publishing scientific research in a visual format. Thousands of video articles from top research institutions worldwide have been published in JoVE.
You’ll find JoVE in the list of journals available through the Consortium Library. Have a look!
NoveList is a reader’s advisory database that the Consortium Library subscribes to. If you are looking for summer reading material, it’s a great place to browse. Some of the nice features of this resource include searching by genre or by age group, as well as reading featured articles or finding out about prize winning authors. This database focuses on fiction, so those of you who want the perfect summer escape can find ideas here to satisfy your reading needs. You can find NoveList by going to the Databases link on the Consortium Library website, right under Find Books and Articles.
How do librarians find titles to order for the library? Requests from students, staff, faculty, and others are carefully considered. Sometimes, we purchase prepackaged collections of books; this is particularly true with ebooks. Our online ordering system provides us with lists of relevant titles to select from. Major journals in many disciplines have a regular section of book reviews that can be very helpful, as can subject-oriented review databases like PsycCritiques for Psychology. But one of the best selection resources for librarians is Choice, a monthly review journal published by the American Library Association. The reviews are short and pithy, often only a paragraph long, but they cover a broad range of academic subjects. Choice reviews not only books, but also relevant websites and databases. You can find Choice from the Library’s home page by clicking on Databases, then clicking on C, and then clicking on Choice Reviews Online. You can browse the current issue, or search many thousands of reviews going as far back as 1988.
So what good is Choice for someone who isn’t a librarian? Well, you might like to see if there’s a review for a book you’re reading. If you’re interested in a particular subject – the Cultural Revolution, for instance – you might want to find what other books on the subject have been recommended over the years, such as Andreas’ Rise of the Red Engineers. And one thing I use it for myself is holiday and birthday shopping: for instance, I know someone very interested in submarines, and it’s a great help to be able to enter ‘submarines’ in Choice and get a nice set of reviews to choose from. (By the way, Choice Reviews Online is a database where phrases like “Cultural Revolution” really must be placed within quotation marks to avoid getting everything that happens to have either cultural or revolution in it.)
Another review resource is Library Journal, although it’s not quite as completely review-focused as Choice. But Library Journal covers some popular public library subjects that Choice doesn’t, such as romance, mysteries, cookbooks, do-it-yourself titles, audiobooks, and videos. Library Journal is not a dedicated database in itself like Choice is, but you can find it in Academic Search Premier. On the Library’s home page, click on Databases and then click on A, and then click on Academic Search Premier. When the database opens up, there will be a list of Search Options beneath the search boxes, one of which is Publication; type Library Journal in that box to limit your searches to that particular journal. Then to find reviews, enter whatever terms you like in the search boxes, such as a genre like romance, or an author like Louise Penny, or a subject like – yes – submarines!
If you’d like to browse print issues, both titles are in our Journal Collection (although our Choice subscription was stopped in 2010 in favor of the online version). Both Choice and Library Journal are worth a look, no matter which format you prefer.
Credo Reference can help…. Credo is a research database that provides access to background material: handbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and also links to other research databases. Credo is even included in QuickSearch.
Credo covers every major subject, offering more than 650 highly-regarded titles from over 80 publishers
* Citable sources for your bibliography
* Answers to your research questions
* Thousands and thousands of images, charts, graphs, diagrams and more
All of the librarians on staff at the Consortium Library can assist you in researching topics across the academic and vocational spectrum. To find a list of librarians by discipline or subject specialty, click on the link provided, and schedule a research consultation.