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Meet Nancy Schiller, UB’s Engineering Librarian!

Posted on: | by Guest Blogger |

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 schiller@buffalo.edu …. 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:  http://libweb.lib.buffalo.edu/pdp/index.asp?ID=240
  • 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: http://libweb.lib.buffalo.edu/pdp/index.asp?ID=102

Top 10 Things Every Student Should Know About the UB Libraries

Posted on: | by Bridget Schumacher |

As you begin to settle in for the new semester, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share information about resources and services available to you as a UB student. Here is our top ten list of “must knows” about the UB Libraries:


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Each major has a librarian who can help you with your information needs: Subject Librarians

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You can get instant answers from REAL people by using our 24/7 chat

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The Libraries have an online guide and videos designed to help you understand basic research skills

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There are many different study spaces in the UB Libraries, both group and silent – find out which ones are best for you

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You can use your print quota from your laptop: Printing from your computer

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The Silverman Library in Capen Hall is open 24/7 during Fall and Spring semesters.

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You can have journal articles and book chapters delivered electronically, and library books made available for pick-up at the UB library of your choice using Delivery+

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Undergraduate students are required to complete the Library Skills Workbook during their first year at UB

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The UB Libraries are the go-to places to find sources for your research paper or project: http://library.buffalo.edu

 

New to UB? You may also want to check out the Resources at University at Buffalo video to learn about even more amazing services and resources available to you around campus!

Why You Should be Searching the Web of Science Databases

Posted on: | by Bridget Schumacher |

Find out how the Web of Science can work for you! 

On October 14th, a Web of Science trainer will be in the Science & Engineering Information Center in Silverman Library to demonstrate Web of Science databases and answer your questions. The Web of Science indexes over 12,000 journals, 148,000 conference proceedings, and 50,000 editorially selected books across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.   Students and faculty in all areas of science and engineering will benefit from these sessions, as well as those from the health and social sciences.

Please Note: Registration is required; see below to register.

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 14th

WHAT: Three sessions will teach you tips and tricks for using the Web of Science databases and how to determine citation metrics and impact factors.   You can come to just one, two, or all three sessions.  Your choice!

SESSION 1           11:30am-1pm     Tips for Searching Web of Science (WoS) [refreshments will be served]

SESSION 2           2pm-3pm             Researching Citation Metrics and Impact Factors Using WoS

SESSION 3           3pm-4pm             Searching the New Patent and Data Citations Indexes on WoS

WHERE:  Science & Engineering Information Center, 2nd floor, Silverman Library, Capen Hall [back by the windows]

PRIZES: Prizes, courtesy of Web of Science, will be awarded at each session!

REGISTRATION:  Please register by October 6th by sending an email to Ruth Oberg in the Silverman Library at oberg@buffalo.edu with the following information:

  1. Your name:
  2. Your department:
  3. Your email:
  4. Which session(s) you will attend:

___        SESSION 1:  Tips for Searching Web of Science (WoS)

___        SESSION 2:  Researching Citation Metrics and Impact Factors Using WoS

___        SESSION 3:  Searching the New Patent and Data Citations Indexes on WoS

5.  Any questions or topics you would like discussed at the sessions

 

Major of the Month: Check in with your librarian

Posted on: | by Molly Poremski |

UB Career Services has started to highlight a different major each month, offering special programs and services to students in that department. September is Physics month. In addition to contacting Career Services, you might want to talk with your departmental librarian. For physics, A. Ben Wagner is the subject specialist librarian.

Ben joined the faculty of the University at Buffalo Science and Engineering Information Center in June 2001. Prior to his UB position, Ben had a 26-year career at the Technical Information Center of Occidental Chemical’s Technology Department on Grand Island, NY. He received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship in 2006.

Ben can guide you to high quality information resources that are specific to physics including the career information sites listed below.

 

 

Whatever information you need, whether it is about a prospective employer and their research, background technical information, or help solving a specific research problem, please contact Ben.

 

Our most significant physics resources are all listed on our Physics subject guide. The three largest databases are Inspec (Physics Abstracts), SciFinder (Chemical Abstracts) with rich materials science coverage, and Web of Science, a highly multidisciplinary source covering patents, journal articles, conference papers, and book chapters. .