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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!

What is plagiarism? How do I avoid it?

Posted on: | by Bridget Schumacher |

As students, you hear a lot about plagiarism. A statement is typically listed on your syllabus telling you not to plagiarize and if you do, what the consequences will be. However, many students are not exactly sure what plagiarism is or how they can avoid it. To learn more about plagiarism, we’ve compiled a number of resources available to you:

If you have additional questions about plagiarism, be sure to utilize the resources available on campus.

Tackle time management 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 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.