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Research on Alcohol in Alaska

Research Tips

Use your UAF email login and password to access library databases from off campus. If you need help with any of these resources, contact the library Reference Desk.

To choose from among the 180+ databases/indexes that Rasmuson Library has available, start with the ones listed on the Best Places to Start Your Research tab of this guide.

For other topics:

Consider Alaska newspapers for historical news articles. The library has microfilm Alaskan newspapers back to the early 20th century, but unfortunately the historical indexing for them is not great, so it helps if you know the date, issue and page numbers for the article you need. Bibliographies included in other articles or books can help. Current articles from major Alaskan papers are available through various sources.

Consider anthropological databases for scholarly articles analyzing alcohol use patterns in specific Native groups.

Consider psychology or sociology databases for scholarly articles examining counseling approaches, or sociological studies.

Keyword Searching in any Database or Catalog (or Google!)

Sometimes students think the best way to search is to be as specific as possible, including lots of keywords. Sometimes that works, but usually it's better to start out with a very simple search using the main keywords only, such as:

alcohol AND Alaska

If you get way too many hits, then narrow down your search with another keyword. Add one at a time so you can see the results of including each term.

Catalog Subject Searching

Try the following Library of Congress Subject Headings to search our library catalog, or WorldCat, by "subject."


Alcoholism--Social aspects--Alaska
Liquor laws--Alaska--History.
Liquor laws--Alaska--Bethel--History.
Indians of North America--Alaska--Alcohol use--Prevention--History.
Eskimos--Alaska--Alcohol use--Prevention--History.


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