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My Information Delivered, Part 1: 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.”

 

Undecided Making Informed Decisions

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

You got accepted into UB and started college in the last couple of months, or maybe even last year.  You’re taking the required general education courses but still cannot decide what you want to do after graduation.  Or maybe you came to UB with a declared major, but after taking some classes are starting to realize that it’s not the right fit for you.

UB Career Services is dedicated to providing students with the information to help make these major decisions easier.  For each major offered at the university, UB Career Services has created a guide that explains what you can do professionally with that degree when you graduate.  For even more guidance, you can enroll in the three-credit, semester-long, seminar course UBE 202: Career Planning to conduct a deeper exploration of your options.

To help get you thinking about career possibilities, you can use the Career Planning Guide to find resources within the UB Libraries’ collections.  Here are just a few of the titles available to get you started with your independent research.

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!

Be Seen. Be Heard. Be Noticed.

Posted on: | by Molly Poremski |

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As a student, you may need to prepare a presentation for class with visuals, or a poster for a conference, or need images, video and audio for a digital publication. The University Libraries are committed to supporting your UB educational experience, and are undergoing a pilot project that will provide two computers with a variety of multimedia software, as well as a variety of equipment to create multimedia files. Sign out a camera, or an accessory to make your cell phone a better recording device. Computing time and loanable equipment must be reserved ahead of time.  Details are available on our web page.

The Multimedia Creation Lab is located on the South Campus, in the Health Sciences Library, Room 105 Abbott Hall, and the service is available to all current UB students.