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My Information Delivered, Part II: Database Notifications

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

Similar to Google Alerts, most academic databases allow you to create an alert based off of a search.  Once you create an alert, notifications will be sent via email when new articles with your keywords have been added to the database.

Using Academic Search Complete, one of the most comprehensive databases made accessible by the UB Libraries, an alert can be created for any research topic of scholarly or personal interest.

1)      Start by going to the Academic Search Complete database.  (If you are accessing the database remotely, you may be prompted to sign in using your UBIT username and password).

2)     Once at the database, you can type in your keywords and continue as if you were conducting a search on the topic.

3)      Look for the “Share” button on the search results page.  Click this button to bring up several options, one of which is to create an email alert.

4)      A new window will open in which you can alter various alert settings, such as how often you want to receive emails and how current the articles will be.  To save the alert, you must sign in to your EBSCOhost Folder account.  (If you do not yet have an account, you can create one at this point by clicking the “Sign In” link which will provide that option.)

5)      Save the alert and you will begin receiving scholarly results directly in your inbox!

If you have any questions about Academic Search Complete or features within any of the databases made accessible by the UB Libraries, please contact a librarian either by email, phone, through instant messaging, or in person.

 

Introduction to University Archives

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The University Archives, established in 1964 by President Clifford C. Furnas, is the repository of the historically valuable records of the State University of New York at Buffalo and its predecessor, the University of Buffalo (1846-1962). The University Archives collects the records of all academic departments at UB, all university and student publications, and pursues the private papers of administrators, faculty members, and other individuals closely associated with the University. Rich historical collections complement the current or past research interests of faculty or document regional organizations and events. The University Archives supports the teaching, research, and service missions of the university by acquiring, organizing and promoting the use of these special archival collections.

Finding materials in University Archives:

You can search for items in Archives in 2 ways: Finding Aids and the Library Catalog.

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: http://library.buffalo.edu/archives/

This is a snapshot of the collection overview from the finding aid for the Campus Unrest at the State University of New York at Buffalo Records. This collection is located in the University Archives.

This is the container list from the finding aid for the Campus Unrest at the State University of New York at Buffalo Records. 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 “campus unrest” will return many results, many 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:

Using Archival Materials

Because of their uniqueness, archival 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 University Archives, patrons should familiarize themselves with department policies at http://library.buffalo.edu/specialcollections/about/policies/.

Quick Facts

Website: http://library.buffalo.edu/archives/

Location: 420 Silverman Library, Capen Hall

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

Email: lib-archives@buffalo.edu

My Information Delivered, Part I: 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 https://www.google.com/alerts

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: http://library.buffalo.edu/archives/

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

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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.

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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:

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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:

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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:

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

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Manuscripts Database

You can also search or browse our manuscripts database:

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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 http://library.buffalo.edu/specialcollections/about/policies/.

Quick Facts

Website: http://library.buffalo.edu/pl/

Location: 420 Silverman Library, Capen Hall

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

Email: lpo-poetry@buffalo.edu