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Escape to an Alternate Universe

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[The following blog post was written by Kristin E. Cangialosi, a graduate student in the Department of Library & Information Studies.]

It’s that time of the semester when it seems all the work you were putting off until after Spring Break is converging into one mega-mound of stress!  Relieve some tension by escaping into an alternate universe.  How do you get to this alternate universe?  Go to Lockwood Library, take the elevator to the 3rd floor, hang a left, and walk past the periodicals to find the Graphic Novels Collection.

A graphic novel is a full length story in comic book format, usually published as a book.  You will find many familiar comic book characters in the collection, like Batman and the Fantastic Four.  You will recognize some movie and TV show titles, like The Walking Dead and Sin City.  But there are also many titles you would not expect to find on the shelf next to the likes of Wonder Woman.

Some graphic novels are grounded in our universe but use fictitious characters to tell the story, like the Holocaust retelling in Maus: A Survivor’s Tale where Jews are portrayed as mice, and Nazis are portrayed as cats.  Other graphic novels are artistic adaptations of classical fiction like Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility or the Sherlock Holmes’ tale “The Hound of the Baskervilles”.  Titles like The Manga Guide to Statistics or Darwin: A Graphic Biography prove that graphic novels can also be non-fiction, even educational.

There are several ways to find graphic novels at the UB Libraries.

  • Browse the Graphic Novels Collection in person!
  • Conduct a Catalog “Advanced” Search.

1. Go to the Catalog Advanced Search page and type in a term describing what you are looking for, such as adaptation or Marvel.

2. Scroll down and select “Graphic Novel” under “Format”.

3.  On the results page, you can use the limits along the left-hand side to further narrow down your choices.

4.  Once you find a title you want you can either jot down the call # to locate it yourself, or you can put in a Delivery+ request to pick it up at the UB library of your choice.

  • Speak with Michael Lavin, the librarian that selects titles for and manages the Graphic Novels Collection.

Delve into a graphic novel and treat yourself to some much deserved escapism; your brain will be grateful.

2014 Undergraduate Prize for Library-Supported Research Winner

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Lee Swaydis, 2014 Prize Winner

Lee Swaydis, 2014 Prize Winner

The University at Buffalo Libraries, in cooperation with the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, are pleased to announce the winner of the 2014 Undergraduate Prize for Library-Supported Research. The $500 prize recognizes students who produce significant academic inquiry requiring the use of information resources, the Libraries, and the collections.

This year’s winner is Lee Swaydis (junior, African American Studies) for his research project, “The McCarley Gardens Struggle: A Story of Gentrification,” which explores an under-researched area of local African American history and social policy. Major research databases and the Libraries large collection of rare books on local history and politics supported Mr. Swaydis’ research. The faculty mentor for this project was Dr. Keith Griffler of the Department of Transnational Studies.

The Libraries are proud of our support in this impressive research project. Swaydis will be honored at a library reception in Special Collections on April 16, 2014, in addition to the Celebration of Academic Excellence on April 23, 2014 in the Center for the Arts.

Congratulations, Lee!

Book and Film of the Month for April 2014

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The University Libraries and Undergraduate Academies are pleased to announce our “Book & Film of the Month” selections for April:


Ecotopia: The Notebooks and Reports of William Weston is a seminal utopian novel by Ernest Callenbach, published in 1975. The society described in the book is one of the first ecological utopias and was influential on the counterculture and the green movement in the 1970s and thereafter.

Ecotopia embodies in concrete, practical form the new biology-conscious philosophy that has been evolving in recent years, especially on the West Coast. The setting is the early 21st century. Ecotopia, made up of what was once Northern California, Oregon, and Washington, has been independent for several decades. At last, an official visitor from New York is admitted: Will Weston, top investigative reporter. Like a modern Gulliver, Weston is sometimes horrified sometimes impressed despite himself, and sometimes touched by the strange practices he encounters–which include ritual war games, collective ownership and operation of farms and factories, and an attention to trees and reforestation which borders on tree-worship.


Wall-E is a 2008 American computer animated science fiction film produced by Pixar Amination Studios. The story follows a robot named Wall-E, who is designed to clean up a waste-covered Earth far in the future. He falls in love with another robot named Eve, who also has a programmed task, and follows her into outer space on an adventure that changes the destiny of both his kind and humanity.

Both selections are part of our 48 Good Books and 48 Good Films initiatives; titles on these lists were chosen by UB faculty and staff members of the Undergraduate Academies Council to reflect the themes of the five Academies: Civic Engagement, Entrepreneurship, Global Perspectives, Research Exploration and Sustainability. Think of them as “unrequired” reading and viewing suggestions.

All 48 Good Books and 48 Good Films are available in the UB Libraries.

Why you should be using EndNote!

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[The following blog post was written by Kristin E. Cangialosi, a graduate student in the Department of Library & Information Studies.]

EndNote is citation management software you can download free of charge courtesy of UB.  Once you download EndNote, it belongs to you to continue to use long after graduation.  But what exactly is citation management software, and how can it help you?

Have you ever resorted to listing the titles of sources for a research paper on a random scrap of paper, or a blank word document?  When collecting pdfs of articles, do you end up with a jumble of files somewhere on your computer?  Are you constantly looking up MLA, APA, or Chicago style rules when creating a works cited page?  Citation management software can do all of these tasks for you!

EndNote will ease the burden of organizing your references, documents, and citations.  You can take that article you find in an academic database and import the citation directly into EndNote, along with the pdf.  EndNote allows you to arrange your citations, and articles, into folders for easy retrieval of research or class readings.  You can read the articles right in EndNote, highlight text, and even write notes to yourself.  When putting together a works cited page, EndNote can import the citation in any style you need directly into a word document.

If you want a quick overview of how EndNote works, watch one of the following short videos.

The UB Libraries frequently offer several workshops on how to make the best use of EndNote, ranging from basic to more advanced features.  These workshops are free and open to all UB students.  Do yourself a favor and make your academic life easier by taking advantage of EndNote, and all the resources provided to learn how to use it.