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Plan your research with the Assignment Calculator!

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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 September 10th with the final draft due on November 14th.

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

Welcome back, and welcome to new students!

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As we welcome you back to a new academic year, we also welcome your questions about library services and resources. Below are some important library links to help start you off on the right track:

  • Research Tips is an online tutorial that guides you through the research process from start to finish. Learn how to find books and journals, locate full-text articles, evaluate web sites, and more!
  • Course Reserves will help you locate the library item(s) that your instructor has placed on reserve for your course.
  • Student FAQs will help you find the answers to many common questions such as “Does the library have a copy of my textbook?” and “Can I print from my laptop?”. For answers to even more questions, try Help A-Z.

Still looking for answers? Ask a librarian! We’re available via email, instant message chat, phone, text and in-person. We look forward to working with you and helping you with all of your library service and research needs.

Best wishes for a productive academic year!

Using Google Scholar Off-Campus

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Google Scholar is an easy-to-use, web-based database that indexes and searches peer-reviewed journal articles, books, theses, pre-prints, and technical reports from all broad areas of research.

When you search Google Scholar from on the UB campus it recognizes that you are entitled by licensing agreements to view full-text articles. If you are a current member of the UB community and using Google Scholar from off-network, you need to complete the following steps:

  • Go to Google Scholar and click on Settings in the upper-right corner
  • This should bring you to the Scholar Settings page
  • On the left side bar, click on Library Links
  • Type University at Buffalo in the search box; click Search
  • A result list should appear under the search box; select University at Buffalo
  • Click Save
  • Start searching
  • When you link to a full text article from off-campus you will be presented with a log-in screen. Log-in with your UBIT name and password.

Keep in mind, that although Google Scholar is a great starting point for your research, it should not replace the library catalog or  subject-specific databases available to you through the UB Libraries.

Endnote™ Citation Management Software at UB

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Did you know that the UB Libraries provide EndNote citation management software to UB’s academic community? EndNote™ helps you organize bibliographic references to journal articles, book chapters, Web sites and other information sources. 

Watch the video below to learn more about EndNote, then head on over to to get started!