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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.

The Quest for Fiction

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

Image Source: SteacieLibrary by Raysonho, via Wikimedia Commons

Image Source: SteacieLibrary by Raysonho, via Wikimedia Commons

When the mood strikes to curl up with a novel, you head over to your local library and straight to the fiction section. There you can browse the shelves, pull down a book, skim the inside flap, and see if it catches your interest. But where are the fiction sections in the UB Libraries?

There isn’t one dedicated section to browse, but we do have fiction in the collections. The books in a university library are arranged using a different system than most public libraries. At UB, books are arranged using the Library of Congress Classification system in which they are organized by subject. In this system, all literature is found in the P section. But there are many non-fiction works also arranged in the P section including literary criticism, books about authors, and literature in many different languages. At Lockwood Library, books arranged by P take up most of the 5th floor!

But, there are several ways that you can find the novel that you are looking for.

Conduct an Advanced Search in the catalog:

  1. Go to the Catalog Advanced Search page and type in terms that interest you, such as science fiction dystopia or Swedish murder mystery.
  2. Scroll down the page to the “Format” options and select “Fiction”.
  3. Next, under the “Illustrated” drop-down, select “No Preference” to ensure that you can see all the works of fiction with your search terms in the results.
  4. Click the “Advanced Search” button to run your search.
  5. Once on the results page, you can use the limits along the left-hand side to further narrow down your choices.

Other options for locating fiction:

Explore the different ways you can find fiction at UB, and get lost in a story on a snowy day this winter.

Find a good book to read over fall break

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Are you looking for a good book to read over fall break?  The UB Libraries purchase a select assortment of leisure reading titles. Although we don’t have a leisure reading collection to physically browse, we do have a number of ways to go about finding a good book to read. Check out the questions and answers below to get started:

There is not a physical collection to browse, but you can search the library catalog to see what recent fiction titles have been added. To do so, check out: Popular Fiction in the UB Libraries.

You can search the library catalog to see if books by a particular author are available in our collections. To do so, go to, type in the name of the author, select the CATALOG –BY  AUTHOR drop-down menu and then click SEARCH.

If you know the title of the book you wish to read, go to, type in the title of the book, select the CATALOG –BY  TITLE drop-down menu and then click SEARCH.

Our page on Pinterest ( provides suggestions for popular fiction and non-fiction leisure reading titles.  You’ll find suggestions for science fiction, mystery, historical fiction, and more.

Happy reading!

iPad + UB Libraries = Streaming Video

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[The following post was written by UB librarian Lori Widzinski.]

The UB Libraries have recently added several new titles to an already extensive collection of online videos that can be streamed through your iPad or mobile device while you are on campus. There are more than 350 video titles available to all UB students including the classic BBC productions of 37 Shakespeare plays and a fascinating 8-part series on the Human Body.

How can you find a specific title or topic? The easiest way is to use a keyword search in the Libraries’ Catalog. Enter your subject term together with the words ‘and streaming video’. For example:

nutrition and streaming video

After you have selected a title from the search results, a link appears at the bottom of the screen to initiate streaming.

You can search all formats of multimedia programs through the Libraries’ Catalog and can check-out materials from any of the on-campus libraries that house multimedia collections: Silverman Multimedia Center in Capen Hall, Koren Audio Visual Center in the Law Library, Music Library in Baird Hall and the Multimedia Resources Center in the Health Sciences Library, Abbott Hall.

The UB Libraries are committed to increasing the number of online resources available to make teaching, studying and research more accessible. We’re always interested in your feedback and questions, so feel free to contact us anytime.