Search terms: the key to success in research

Search terms can make or break your research. Thinking differently about the terms you are using to search on a topic can sometimes create different search results. Pulling out main idea words from your topic and identifying synonyms can open up a world of relevant sources on your topic. To learn more about how to think differently about the search terms you are using watch this quick tutorial on Main Idea Words.

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On this day in London, 1785 …

Did you know that the Consortium Library has access to the historical archive of The Times, London’s major newspaper, from 1785 to 2004?

Do some primary source research on the French Revolution or the War of 1812 (from the English perspective), Jack the Ripper or Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, Lord Horatio Nelson or Charles Darwin, or any one of a number of topics. It even includes Letters to the Editor and Classified and Display Advertising.

Or find out what was happening on your birthday in London 100 or 200+ years ago!

You’ll find it under Times Digital Archive, 1785-2004 on the Databases page.

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New Summer Reference Hours

Summer Hours

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Now that the summer is here, check our summer reference desk hours at the Consortium Library:

Reference Services Hours

These are our reference hours for May 19 – August 2, 2014. Stop by and ask questions! Outside of our reference hours, please feel free to use Ask A Librarian, and we will reply when we get back.

REFERENCE DESK, FIRST FLOOR, MAY 19 – AUGUST 2

OPEN CLOSE
MONDAY – THURSDAY 9:00am 7:00pm
FRIDAY 9:00am 5:00pm
SATURDAY & SUNDAY noon 5:00pm

Closed: May 26, July 3-4

 

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Need help with a writing assignment?

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.

 

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2 “Not-to-be-Missed” Research Tools

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.

http://find.galegroup.com/ttda/start.do?prodId=TTDA&userGroupName=anch19713

National Geographic Virtual Library – Search the pages of this acclaimed Geographic publication back to 1888.

http://natgeo.galegroup.com/natgeo/archive?u=anch19713&prodId=NGMA

Take time to explore what is available to you at the Consortium Library today.

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Refworks: what is that anyway?

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.

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Consortium Library Prize

Consortium Library Prize

The Consortium Library Prize lauds an exemplary undergraduate research project from any discipline which demonstrates evidence of significant scholarly investigation and utilization of library resources, print and archival as well as electronic. The selected student will be officially recognized university-wide and will be honored with a $500 award.

Deadline: The spring 2014 deadline is March 19th at 5:00pm.

To Apply: To apply, complete this cover sheet and submit, with your project, following instructions from the Office of Undergraduate Research

Eligibility: Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Students must be accepted in an associate or baccalaureate degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage (any campus) and must be enrolled in at least three credits for the Spring 2014 semester
  • The research project must have been completed in the Spring 2013, Summer 2013, or Fall 2013 semester.  Research projects completed in Spring 2014 are eligible for the award as long as the final paper can be submitted by the March 19th deadline.
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Hidden in Plain Sight?

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
Arctic Engineering
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

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