Using Google Books, Scholar and Newspaper Archive

These three tools may help you find more resources than just using a Google.com search!

Google Books allows you to search the full text of books. You can search, browse books online, or buy or borrow books.

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature and helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research.

Google Newspaper Archives is an extension of Google News and provides free access to scanned archives of newspapers and links to other newspaper archives on the web, both free and paid.

The three short YouTube videos below were created by Free Tech for Teachers and provide overviews on these tools. Check them out and learn some new search tricks!

Resource Reminder

The Tips for Student Success blog many resources available to help you succeed as an online learner! Not only do our weekly blog posts provide you with helpful information, our Tutorials, Blackboard Help, and Additional Resources sections have a wealth of information to support student learning and address specific college-level concepts and skills.

On our Tutorials page you can find short tutorials, ranging from 5 minutes to 25 minutes. Currently we have:

  • What’s the Difference? UAS Online, UAOnline, Webmail Elmo…
  • Getting Started in Your UAS Sitka Course
  • Tips on How to Be An Engaged Online Learner
  • Blackboard: Behind the Scenes
  • Is Online Learning Right for Me?
  • Create Posts in WordPress
  • Edit Your Posts in WordPress
  • Test Taking Tips
  • Basic Grammar
  • Email Etiquette
  • How to Study
  • Note Taking
  • How to Write a Basic Essay
  • Plagiarism – What It is And How to Avoid it

Our Blackboard Help page has tutorials created by the university as well as YouTube tutorials provided by Blackboard.

On the Additional Resources page you’ll find links to tutorials and helpful documentation for:

  • Writing
  • Finding Sources
  • Citing Sources
  • What to Study in a Textbook
  • Learning Styles
  • MS Excel

If you haven’t subscribed to Tips for Student Success yet, consider signing up! You’ll get email notifications when we add more great resources. Don’t worry – we won’t flood your inbox! We post 1-3 times a week and you can choose if you want an immediate or weekly notification.

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Smartphone and Laptop Ergonomics

We all know that correct posture, regular breaks and proper adjustment of equipment can help prevent stresses on our bodies, carpal tunnel syndrome, vision problems, and back or neck pain. But we also get busy or lazy and forget these things until our bodies remind us! Tina found these quick YouTube videos with basic tips for Smartphone Ergonomics & Safety and Healthy Computer Ergonomics. Click play to see how a few, simple modifications can make a big difference!

Presidents Day

As we celebrate Presidents’ Day, let us also remember the legacy of an amazing Alaska Native who pioneered Civil Rights decades before Martin Luther King. Today is Elizabeth Peratrovich’s birthday, and here is a link that beautifully honors her legacy. Alaska is better for her efforts. Let’s pause for a moment to reflect on how she has enriched our lives today.


 

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A Rough Guide to Punctuation

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“Good punctuation is crucial for successful academic writing. Many students’ essays use little punctuation beyond commas and full stops. But to be restricted to just two forms of punctuation mark, when writing your essay, is like building a house using only a hammer and a saw: you can do it; but not very well. By learning to use more, or all, of the available forms of punctuation you will be able to communicate and express your ideas, and arguments, more clearly.”

Learn about the available forms of punctuation in this Rough Guide to Punctuation prepared by The Learning Centre at the University of New South Wales.

For a little more humor, you may want to check out Mashable’s 16 Unfortunate Misuses of Punctuation.

Disability Services at UAS

supportUAS provides tools for equal access and opportunity for all our students to enhance learning and achievement. Disability Services works with students who have a variety of different abilities and strengths:

  • Physical accessibility issues
  • Learning disabilities
  • Vision/Audio impairments
  • And more

UAS Disabilities Services staff respect and promote the dignity and worth of all individuals and embrace human diversity within a warm, accepting, and confidential environment. What you can expect:

  • Examination accommodations (extended time, distraction-reduced testing environment, readers, scribes, etc.)
  • Communication accommodations (interpreters, note takers, assistive listening devices, etc.)
  • Other adaptive accommodations and assistive technology (alternative text books, speech to text/text to speech, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Livescribe Smart pens)
  • Assistance to get access to academic courses
  • The highest ethical, legal, and professional standards of confidentiality

Frequently Asked Questions

 
How do I know if I quality for disability services?
If you experience a documented disability and have barriers that impact one of your major life activities, please come talk with us about accommodations.

Does UAS provide testing to see if I have a disability?
UAS does not evaluate students for disabilities. We provide referrals to local professionals who can administer evaluations for learning, attention, or psychological disabilities.

Is there a cost?
No. There is no extra cost for disability services.

How do I make an appointment?
For UAS Sitka students, please contact Chris Washko at (907) 747-7703 and request an appointment. Other campuses may call (907) 796-6000.

What about temporary disabilities?
If you experience a temporary disability, such as a broken leg or visual impairment due to eye surgery, please talk with us to see what services we have that might assist you.

What type of documentation do I need to bring to the initial appointment?
Documentation from a professional which supports need for an accommodation, or the impact on your functioning is required. Please be prepared to discuss your needs at the initial meeting.

UAS Disability Brochure

 

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Personal Trainers For Your Brain

Math • Writing • Biology • Chemistry • Stats •  More!

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The UAS Sitka Campus tutors are like personal trainers for your brain! Did you know tutoring is offered FREE to local and distance students? Yes free! Tutoring is available to UAS Sitka students through the Student Success Center (SSC) and through tutor.com, a service provided by the State of Alaska.

Our four highly qualified tutors regularly support students in Sitka classes with in-person meetings, Skype calls, Blackboard Collaborate sessions, and other distance delivery methods. They offer flexible daytime, evening and weekend appointments.

If you need assistance contact one of our tutors below!

Meet the Tutors

Kyle Kyle Rosendale (907) 747-7765
B.S. Biomedical Engineering, M.Sc. Entrepreneurship
krosendale@uas.alaska.edu
MATH (through calculus), STATISTICS, BIOLOGY, Intro CHEMISTRY, BUSINESS
 Jasmine Jasmine Shaw (907) 747-9440
B.S. Chemistry, M.S. Environmental Science
jdshaw2@uas.alaska.edu
CHEMISTRY, WRITING (including technical), MATH, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, HISTORY, ESL
 Breanna Breanna Stewart (907) 747-7712
B.S. Family, Youth & Community Sci, B.A. Criminology
bstewart6@uas.alaska.edu
WRITING composition, MATH (through pre-calc & trig), Intro PSYCH, Intro SOCIOLOGY, Intro JUSTICE
 Joesph Joseph Dubie (907) 747-7707
B.S. Biology
jjdubie@uas.alaska.edu
BIOLOGY (including microbiology), CHEMISTRY, WRITING (composition), MATH (through calc), Intro PHYSICS

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