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Shop smart: Look thru 30+ ‘Gift Guides’ from home!

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Forget fighting the crowds this Black Friday! Or if you really want to get out there, first let expert editors give you suggestions for the best gifts. Either come to the UA Library's Reference Department to check out our print magazines (we're open this Friday), or make yourself a coffee and cozy up on the couch to look through gift guides at home with the UA Library’s e-Magazines.

December covers of many magazines

To browse the e-magazines, you'll need a Zinio account. Go to the UA Library’s home page under the 'Welcome' message, and click on the 'E-Magazines' tab. If you don't already have an account, check out Media Service's guide to account creation: 'Learn more about using Zinio.' If you have an account, choose 'Download a Magazine' (which will take you to a browsing page).

Look for the December issues of these magazines, all of which have gift guides (listed alphabetically):

  • Bon Appetit
  • Consumer Reports (This is a wonderful issue. Sign in to this one through the Research Databases.)
  • Eating Well
  • Food Network Magazine
  • Everyday with Rachel Ray
  • Family Circle
  • Family Fun
  • Family Handyman
  • Gluten Free Living
  • Golf Tips
  • Good Housekeeping
  • Guitarist
  • Health
  • Marie Claire
  • Men’s Health
  • Men’s Journal
  • O: The Oprah Magazine
  • Outside
  • Popular Mechanics
  • Popular Science
  • Redbook
  • Robb Report
  • Rodale’s Organic Life
  • Runner’s World
  • Ski
  • Sound & Vision
  • Stereophile
  • Town & Country
  • Woman’s Day
  • Wood
  • Woodcraft
  • Woodworker’s Journal
  • Yoga Journal

Happy Shopping!

And don’t forget, you can always contact a Reference Librarian by phone, textemail, or in person for assistance in using our databases and eBooks.

Maker Projects

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Are you part of the makerspace culture? Do the words Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and Servo make your creative juices flow? Then you already know that there are many sources for finding interesting maker projects available. However, the library has two sources that you may not have considered.Snapshot of a Maker Faire project using multicolored swirls of light; people milling about in the background

The first source is the database Access Science. It has a section on maker projects that includes such ideas as a Laser-Grid Intruder Alarm. Check out more projects in a variety of fields on the Access Science website - but be sure to log in with your card number and PIN first. 

The second source is a print magazine called Make:. You can find in on the shelves in the Reference Department at the Tremont Road library. It is published every other month by Maker Media and provides instructions on do-it-yourself (DIY) and Do-It-with-Others (DIWO) projects in a range of skill levels with inexpensive materials. 

Maker Media, the publisher of this magazine, started the Maker Faire, which is held each year to share ideas and bring together participants in this popular movement. Maker Faire 2016 was held last month in New York City. Maker Faire 2017 will be held in the San Francisco Bay Area. So begin making one of the awesome projects in these sources now, and enter next year’s Maker Faire just for the fun of it!