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What is the Library Skills Workbook?

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The Library Skills Workbook is designed to help University at Buffalo students develop their library research skills. It is a General Education requirement for all UB undergraduate students, including transfer students. All undergraduate students are required to complete it during their first year of study at UB.

In addition to the general Library Skills Workbook, we offer 5 discipline-specific versions. Any UB student may choose to complete one of the discipline-specific versions or the general version; any one of them will fulfill the General Education requirement. Students should complete only one version. The discipline-specific versions are: Architecture, Business & Management, Engineering, Health Sciences, and History.

For more information about the Workbook, including how to enroll, please visit:

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!

Start the research process with Research Tips!

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The Research Tips site is an online guide designed to help you perform research in the University at Buffalo Libraries. This guide will help you understand basic research skills including how to:

  • select a topic
  • locate books and periodicals
  • locate full-text articles
  • evaluate resources
  • cite sources

This guide is designed to help you with the research process from start to finish, but if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask a librarian. Contact us via email, chat, phone, text, or in-person. We look forward to working with you!

Our Fascination with Magic

Posted on: | by Bridget Schumacher |

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

David Blaine recently visited UB as part of the annual Distinguished Speaker Series.  For some, Blaine has revitalized the childhood wonder of magic where the seemingly impossible becomes possible.  Others criticize Blaine’s endurance stunts and decry that he is not a “real” magician.   I wonder if they are familiar with Harry Houdini’s work.

Our interest in magic is nothing new.  Sorcerers and conjurers have appeared in literature since the beginning of written word.  Magic was the answer when no other explanation fit the question, and millennia later we are still fascinated by it.  Characters from myths and legends, such as Merlin and the Delphic Oracle, appear time and time again in our storytelling just with different names and in reimagined worlds.

From the 1937 publication of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, or There and Back Again to the immense popularity of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series at the dawn of the 21st century, fantasy fiction has exploded into a prominent and prolific genre.  It seems as if the more we learn with scientific certainty, the more apt we are to disappear for a while into a world permeating with magic in awe of those enigmatic characters that evoke its power.

Many fictional fantasy stories filled with magical characters can be found at the UB Libraries, such as:

The UB Libraries’ collection also contains numerous titles about the historical, social, or literary aspects of magic for curious researchers, like:

If you are have any questions about finding books related to magic or any other topic, do not hesitate to ask a librarian.  The UB Libraries’ collection is extremely deep, and librarians can help you uncover delightfully unexpected titles from within.

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