submitted by: Sheila Degener
Databases by Alaskans was taught by Katie Fearer. She took us to the following web page: http://godort.libguides.com/alaskadbs. This web page has a lot of resources for teachers teaching science or social studies in Alaska. For example, science teachers could go to the Alaska Energy Data Inventory to see where the current energy projects are in Alaska. You can also go to the Volcano Observatory report, the Alaska Earthquake information Center or the Alaska Geologic Data Index to research volcanoes, earthquakes or geology. The Alaska and Polar Periodical Index has journals, magazines and newsletters relating to Alaska and the Earth’s polar regions. You could also go to the Spills Database Online Query and search statewide oil and hazardous substance spills. There is also the Well Log Tracking system if you want to search for wells across Alaska and water quality reports and septic tracking systems are also available.
Social studies teachers could try The Alaska Open Data Portal to get information about the State of Alaska’s budget, Alaska Newspapers index to read Alaskan newspapers from the 1900’s on, the Alaska State Legislature Folio Infobase to search their database about laws, statues, bill and executive order. You can also visit the Alaska Public Offices Commission Reports Search and find campaign and financial disclosure for Alaska State Government officials. You can also search Alaska Census data and Alaska Local and Regional Information (occupations, unemployment rate, population estimates, rental information, etc).
For teachers looking for current primary source type information about Alaska, this is a great place to start.