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Why you should be using EndNote!

Posted on: | by Guest Blogger |

[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.

Tackle time management with the Assignment Calculator

Posted on: | by Guest Blogger | 1 Comment

The Assignment Calculator is a tool that helps you to plan your research assignments. Using this tool is easy! Type in the date that you will begin your assignment and the date that it is due. The Assignment Calculator will retrieve a schedule for you to follow in order to stay on track and complete your research paper on time.

Click here for an example of the schedule retrieved when a student planned to begin her paper on February 21st with the final draft due on March 28th.

Remember, the sooner you start your research, the more time you will have to write a successful paper!

2013 Tax Quick Guide is now available

Posted on: | by Bridget Schumacher |

Looking for tax forms and hints? The 2013 Tax Quick Guide provides selected links to federal and state forms, and tips offered by tax professionals. Please note that the UB Libraries no longer distribute print tax forms.

Disclaimer: Library staff lack training as tax professionals and cannot answer tax-related questions. Use the links on the 2013 Tax Quick Guide  at your own risk. Consult a qualified professional if you need assistance preparing tax returns. Consult the Tax Clinics section on the guide to see if you are eligible for free tax services.

EndNote Clinics in the Science & Engineering Information Center

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Bring your laptop to one of our regularly scheduled Wednesday EndNote clinics between 1 and 2pm and our EndNote experts will help you load and use this free software program, which helps you save, manage and format your references for use in writing papers.  We will also be available at these clinics to help advanced EndNote users troubleshoot any problems you may have using the software. Questions about library resources and services also are encouraged.  All are welcome!
 
WHERE:                Science & Engineering Information Center, 2nd Floor, Silverman Library, Capen Hall [back by the windows]
WHEN:                  Day of the Week:   Wednesday
TIME:                     1-2pm
DATES:                   February 26, March 5, March 12, March 26, April 2, April 9, April 16, April 23, April 30, and May 7
[Note:  There will be no clinic during the week of spring break, March 17th-21st]
 
Questions:  Contact Nancy Schiller, Engineering Librarian, schiller@buffalo.edu