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Nobel Prizes, Part 2

The last of the Nobel Prize announcements was made on Oct. 9. The library is a useful resource for learning about the people behind the awards and their remarkable work. If you want more information about how the library can help you or your class see one of the librarians on either of the campuses.

October 5:  The prize for literature was awarded to author Kazuo Ishiguro. To read one of his stories or books look through the SUNY Catalog so that you can request the book through interlibrary loan. Unfamiliar with interlibrary loan? It is the system where the library gets books and articles from other libraries. The library’s Literary Sources database has critical essays and biographies that will help put his work in context.

October 6: Peace Prize for 2017 was awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) "for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons".

Learn more about the state of nuclear weapons with Opposing Viewpoints.

October 9: The prize for Economic Science was awarded to Richard Thaler for his work that brought psychology and economics together.  Called “mental accounting” this theory helps explain how human beings make rational or irrational financial decisions.

The library’s business databases have articles that explain mental accounting and how it is used in setting financial policy.

If you are interested in learning about Alfred Nobel read his biography in Gale’s Virtual Reference Library

Andrew Heiz