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My Information Delivered, Part 1: Google Alerts

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

Rather than searching Google for the information you want, why not have Google deliver the information to you?  By creating a Google Alert, you can receive emails when Google finds new results for any topic you are interested in!

1)      Start by going to

2)      Type a keyword or two into the search box.  Before creating the alert, “Show options” will allow you to customize your alert settings.

3)      Several options are available to customize your alert settings such as how often, how many, and what types of results you want.  If you are already logged into your Google account, your email address will be listed.

4)      Create your alert, and start getting the search results you want delivered directly to your inbox!

Now that you have Google Alerts covered, stay tuned for our upcoming post, “My Information Delivered, Part 2: Database Notifications.”


Discover the UB Poetry Collection today!

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A University at Buffalo Libraries Special Collection, the Poetry Collection is the library of record for 20th- and 21st-century poetry in English. Founded in 1937 by Charles Abbott, the Poetry Collection now holds one of the world’s largest collections of poetry first editions and other titles, little literary magazines, broadsides and anthologies; a substantial collection of artworks; and more than 150 archives and manuscript collections from a wide range of poets, presses, magazines and organizations.

Finding materials in the Poetry Collection

You can search for items in the Poetry Collection in 3 ways: Finding Aids, Library Catalog, and the Manuscript Database.

Finding Aids

A finding aid is a document created by archivists that provides a description of the contents of archival collections, similar to the way a table of contents outlines the subject matter of a book. In archival research, the finding aid is perhaps the most useful point of access to a collection.

By using a finding aid, a researcher gains an understanding of a collection as a whole, sees the relationships between its different parts, and locates portions of the collection important to their research.

Finding aids usually include narrative portions that describe the history of the collection as well as how the collection is arranged and a container list of the collection’s contents. Other things researchers can learn from finding aids include the size of the collection; key search terms; additional biographical or historical information about the main topic of the collection; and sometimes other collections that may be of related interest.

The University Archives and The Poetry Collection provide access to our finding aids through our website. You can search by keyword and browse all finding aids here:


This is a snapshot of the collection overview from the finding aid for the James Joyce Collection which is located in The Poetry Collection.


This is the container list from the finding aid for the James Joyce Collection. The container list provides a brief description of the contents of each folder as well as the dates of the material.


Special Collections encourages researchers to explore the appropriate finding aid to become familiar with any collection you want to access before your visit.

Library Catalog

When searching for items in Special Collections (University Archives, the Poetry Collection, or the Rare and Special Books Collection), it’s helpful to fine-tune your search in the online catalog. A search for the poet William Carlos Williams will return over 1,500 results, most of which are not held in Special Collections:


Limiting your search to the Special Collections location—and adding other filters, such as “Collection” and “Format”—will make it easier to find what you’re looking for:


Remember that limiting your search by year of publication / creation will help when searching historical collections. You can add all of these filters in the Advanced Search tab from the catalog home page:



If you know you want to limit your search to the Poetry Collection, you can start right from our homepage, This will automatically apply the location filter for you. You can limit your search to manuscript collections or finding aids:


Manuscripts Database

You can also search or browse our manuscripts database:



Using Poetry Materials

Because of their uniqueness, Poetry Collection materials require special handling.  Reading Room attendants may ask that a book cradle or supports are used or gloves worn when viewing items.  No food or drink is allowed in the Reading Room, and permission is required to take images of collection materials.  Before visiting the Poetry Collection, patrons should familiarize themselves with department policies at

Quick Facts


Location: 420 Silverman Library, Capen Hall

Hours: Monday thru Friday, 9:00 to 5:00


Major of the Month: Theatre and Dance

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Glendora Johnson-CooperGlendora Johnson-Cooper is the subject librarian for Theatre and Dance. With over 25 years’ experience as a librarian, she has a wealth of knowledge about the resources the Libraries’, and the University offer.  She is a past recipient of a SUNY Chancellor’s award for Excellence in Librarianship, and she welcomes the many opportunities she has to demonstrate the power of critical thinking and the value of cultivating life-long learning skills.­­­ Glendora came to librarianship with 17 years’ experience as an arts administrator, with a focus on the performing and visual arts.  She loves helping students and faculty sharpen their information-seeking abilities.

Glendora can help make sense of the many information resources the Libraries’ provide.  For quality, scholarly information on Theatre and Dance, try searching these databases:





Meet Nancy Schiller, UB’s Engineering Librarian!

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Nancy Schiller is UB’s Engineering Librarian.  She works with undergraduate and graduate students in UB’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences to help them find the information they need to be successful in their coursework and research.   Beginning September 8th, Nancy will be available to answer your library-research-related questions in the lobby of Davis Hall on Tuesdays from 11am to 12:30pm and on Thursdays from 2 to 3:30pm.  But feel free to contact her any time via email at …. And to get you started now, here are a couple of her top picks for SEAS students:

  • Engineering information available online, 24/7 – Try out Knovel!   Knovel is an engineering database for engineering students that provides online full-text access to over 1,000 engineering handbooks and textbooks. It’s a great resource to use to look up any engineering topic, and it is especially good for finding properties data and other, often hard-to-find information.  As an added bonus, many of the digitized books in Knovel have interactive equations, tables, and graphs:
  • Digging deeper – The journal literature is the core literature in science and technology.  Journal articles will provide you with the kind of detailed technical information you need to complete your assignments, and they are essential sources of information when writing a Masters or PhD thesis  To search for journal articles by topic, use the premier engineering database, Compendex, just a click away via: