Finding Library Resources

The Elmer E. Rasmuson Library is located on the main University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. The library is comprised of the main library as well as the BioSciences collection in the Mather Library in the Akasofu building. Containing more than 2.2 million items and subscribing to more than 125 online databases, we are the largest library in the State of Alaska.

The Rasmuson Library has one of the world's finest collections of Alaska and Polar Regions (APR) materials including books, periodicals, photography, manuscripts, films, oral histories, rare books, and maps. The collections are centered on Alaska but include many items about the Circumpolar North and Antarctica. Subject bibliographers, archivists, anthropologists and historians on the APR staff are available for reference and research assistance.

Need Books?

Library Catalog ( can be used to locate not only what is owned by the Rasmuson Library but what is owned by all the sites in the University of Alaska Fairbanks system.

If you don't find what you need, try WorldCat. WorldCat contains the holdings of more than 70,000 libraries worldwide, and you can borrow books from other libraries using Interlibrary Loan.

Need Articles?

Online databases can be accessed via the Subject Guides page at the Rasmuson Library website at From this page you can select the appropriate database from a Subject List or by Title.



Do you need background information?

Search databases, such as Academic Search Premier, or an encyclopedia such as Encyclopedia Britannica.

Do you need articles fast?

Start with databases that offer online full-text articles, such as Academic Search Premier, MasterFILE Premier, or any database with "full text" in the description.

Is your topic part of an academic discipline, such as education, science, mathematics, social sciences?
Example: "Teaching children to read" is in the discipline of education; "Water pollution in the Great Lakes" is a science topic.

  • Choose a Specialized Database such as ERIC or Environmental Science Collection from ProQuest.
  • Search Academic Search Premier. This is a collection of full-text subject databases in education, social sciences, science and humanities.

Is your topic interdisciplinary? Does it bridge more than one discipline?
Example: "Employee supervision in schools" bridges the disciplines of education and management.

  • Search a Multi-Disciplinary Database such as Academic Search Premier.
  • You may also search two or more Specialized Databases, such as ERIC and Business Source Premier.

Do you still need more information after searching the full-text databases?
Search a large research database such as:

  • ERIC
  • MLA Bibliography
  • PsycINFO
  • Sociological Abstracts.

Generally these databases provide only citations and abstracts for journal articles, not full-text, so you will need to obtain the articles from a library. However, ERIC, PsycINFO, and Sociological Abstracts link to full-text items from other databases by the same vendor.

Interlibrary Loan

If you didn't find full-text articles or you need books that Rasmuson Library does not own, we can borrow them from another library for you. Articles usually take 3-5 days and will most likely be delivered electronically. Allow 1-3 weeks for books to arrive through the U.S. Mail. Requests for items can be placed through the Interlibrary Loan system which is accessible from the library’s web page. Be sure to register as a "First Time User".

How to Access the Databases from Off-Campus

Rasmuson Library provides access to many of our resources from off-campus. In order to access these resources from off-campus, you will need to log in using your UA username and password (this is the same username/password you use when logging into the Blackboard course management system, or UA Gmail).

When logging into library resources from off-campus, you should see a page similar to the screenshot below.

UAF Email Accounts

When you register for a class you automatically receive a UAF email account. This provides you with the university email account username and password you will need to access library databases at a distance. However, you must activate your account.

To activate your UAF email account contact the UAF Computing Help Desk toll-free at 1-800-478-4667 or via email at for assistance.

Computer Problems?

For computer or connection problems contact the UAF Computing Help Desk ( for assistance.

Phone: 1-800-478-4667 (within Alaska) or 1-907-474-6564

In addition, OIT provides helpful information on Virus Alerts and Tools that can be accessed through their main page at

Statewide Library Electronic Doorway (SLED)

The state of Alaska provides access to a limited number of databases for all Alaskans. You don't have to be a UAF affiliate, you just have to live in Alaska. These subscription databases are paid for by the Alaska Legislature, to be used by all Alaskans. To access these databases, visit the Statewide Library Electronic Doorway (SLED) databases at

In rare cases, you may be prompted for a username and password. If this is the case and you are in Alaska, call 1-800-440-2919 for the password or call the Off-Campus Librarian at 1-800-478-5348 (within Alaska).

This page was last modified on November 14, 2018