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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.

Safety Tips for UB Students

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The International Student and Scholar Services office recently shared the an excellent list of tips to help you stay safe both on the streets and at home. We are republishing the list here for those who may have missed it:

Safety Tips For the Street

Don’t be an easy target!

1) Try never to walk alone, even during the day.  There is safety in numbers so always walk with a friend or, better yet, a group of friends.

2)  Avoid walking to your off-campus apartment near UB’s South Campus after dark.  If you live within a 1.5- mile radius of UB’s South Campus, you should use theUB Safety Shuttle instead. It runs seven nights per week from 8:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m. (except during certain holidays and school breaks). Shuttle pick-up stops are at the Health Science Library, Parker Hall, Goodyear Loop and Main Circle. Shuttle pick-up times are approximately every thirty minutes. Note: If you need a pick-up at another location, you must make a reservation. Reservations can be made by calling 829-2584 on Mondays – Fridays, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m..

3)  Avoid walking alone to your car or residence hall after dark.  Use the UB Safety Walk Service instead.  If you go to a Walk Station or call to request a Safety Walk, a pair of walkers will escort you anywhere on campus.  Walk Stations are located in the Silverman Undergraduate Library, Capen Hall, North Campus on Sundays – Thursdays, 8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. or the Health Sciences Library, South Campus on Sundays – Thursdays, 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.  To call for a Safety Walk, call (716) 208-5581 (North Campus) or (716) 491-4198 (South Campus) from anywhere on campus.

4) Be alert to your surroundings.  Don’t wear headphones or earbuds. Pay attention to other people on the street in such a way that they know you are watching them.

5)  Walk close to the street curb.  Avoid bushes, doorways and parked cars, where attackers can hide.  When you take a corner, don’t cut the corner; stay close to the street.

6)  Be vigilant.  Cross the street if a person who is approaching you makes you nervous.  Look in store windows to see who is behind you and what they are doing.  When you pass by someone, look back to make sure they aren’t following you.

7)  Walk confidently and assertively.  Keep your distance and keep moving.  Do your best not to appear vulnerable or submissive.

8)  Keep your hands out of your pockets so you can use them, if you need them.

9)  Don’t avert your eyes when you encounter people who make you nervous.  Look directly at them, paying attention to their eyes, nose, mouth, ears, etc.  In this way, you won’t be an easy victim because they will know that you can describe them to the police and recognize them in a police line-up.

10)  Keep “give up” items (e.g. 20 one-dollar bills) in your pocket and your valuables (e.g. large amounts of money, credit cards, passport) well hidden (e.g. in your shoes, in a money belt under your clothing, etc.).

11)  Keep your car key, house key and cell phone where you can reach for them.  Don’t keep them in your backpack.  If you do, you will lose time reaching for them when you need them, lose everything if your backpack is stolen and get dragged down if someone grabs your backpack.

12)  Keep your keys and cell phone separate from your “give up” items.  Consider carrying a fake wallet to give to muggers.

13)  If someone tries to mug or attack you, yell “Call 911” or “Call the police”.

14)  If you are mugged (or someone tries to mug you), call 911 immediately.  Don’t wait until you get home.  If you don’t have a way to call, pound on a neighbor’s door and ask them to make the call.  This will help the police arrest the mugger, thus protecting you and your friends by getting the mugger off the streets.

15) If someone stops you to ask you for help, call 911 for them.  Don’t try to help them.  Their emergency may not be real.

16) If someone tries to grab you, don’t stop moving.  Squirm and flail your arms as much as you can to get away.  Spit in their face, scratch them, etc.

17)  Never give strangers a ride in your car or accept a ride from strangers.

18)  Don’t give money to beggars.  They might be drug addicts or criminals and might mug you once you take out your wallet to give money to them.

Safety Tips for the Home

Ensure that you and your belongings are safe in UB residence halls

1) Lock the door to your room when you leave your room (even for a short time) or go to bed.

2) Do not prop open locked residence hall doors. If you see a propped door, close it.

3) Be observant of any strangers loitering or checking doors in your building. Note their description and call University Police (645-2222) immediately.

Ensure that your off-campus home is not an easy target

1) Always your keep exterior doors and windows locked —even in the summer.

2) Leave some lights on in your home when you go out.

3) If strangers telephone or come to your door, do not admit that you are alone.

4) Never let strangers into your home.

5) Close your blinds at night so people can’t see you or your possessions (e.g. TV, computer, etc.)

6) Understand that thieves often look for potential targets by observing houses and residents. If you live near UB’s South Campus, change your patterns (e.g. schedule, walking route) so it will be harder for thieves to identify a good time to rob your house.

7) Keep a list of serial numbers of your electronics in your apartment. In this way, if your house is broken into, the police can identify your stolen property and arrest the thief.