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Escape to an Alternate Universe

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

It’s that time of the semester when it seems all the work you were putting off until after Spring Break is converging into one mega-mound of stress!  Relieve some tension by escaping into an alternate universe.  How do you get to this alternate universe?  Go to Lockwood Library, take the elevator to the 3rd floor, hang a left, and walk past the periodicals to find the Graphic Novels Collection.

A graphic novel is a full length story in comic book format, usually published as a book.  You will find many familiar comic book characters in the collection, like Batman and the Fantastic Four.  You will recognize some movie and TV show titles, like The Walking Dead and Sin City.  But there are also many titles you would not expect to find on the shelf next to the likes of Wonder Woman.

Some graphic novels are grounded in our universe but use fictitious characters to tell the story, like the Holocaust retelling in Maus: A Survivor’s Tale where Jews are portrayed as mice, and Nazis are portrayed as cats.  Other graphic novels are artistic adaptations of classical fiction like Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility or the Sherlock Holmes’ tale “The Hound of the Baskervilles”.  Titles like The Manga Guide to Statistics or Darwin: A Graphic Biography prove that graphic novels can also be non-fiction, even educational.

There are several ways to find graphic novels at the UB Libraries.

  • Browse the Graphic Novels Collection in person!
  • Conduct a Catalog “Advanced” Search.

1. Go to the Catalog Advanced Search page and type in a term describing what you are looking for, such as adaptation or Marvel.

2. Scroll down and select “Graphic Novel” under “Format”.

3.  On the results page, you can use the limits along the left-hand side to further narrow down your choices.

4.  Once you find a title you want you can either jot down the call # to locate it yourself, or you can put in a Delivery+ request to pick it up at the UB library of your choice.

  • Speak with Michael Lavin, the librarian that selects titles for and manages the Graphic Novels Collection.

Delve into a graphic novel and treat yourself to some much deserved escapism; your brain will be grateful.

2014 Undergraduate Prize for Library-Supported Research Winner

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Lee Swaydis, 2014 Prize Winner

Lee Swaydis, 2014 Prize Winner

The University at Buffalo Libraries, in cooperation with the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, are pleased to announce the winner of the 2014 Undergraduate Prize for Library-Supported Research. The $500 prize recognizes students who produce significant academic inquiry requiring the use of information resources, the Libraries, and the collections.

This year’s winner is Lee Swaydis (junior, African American Studies) for his research project, “The McCarley Gardens Struggle: A Story of Gentrification,” which explores an under-researched area of local African American history and social policy. Major research databases and the Libraries large collection of rare books on local history and politics supported Mr. Swaydis’ research. The faculty mentor for this project was Dr. Keith Griffler of the Department of Transnational Studies.

The Libraries are proud of our support in this impressive research project. Swaydis will be honored at a library reception in Special Collections on April 16, 2014, in addition to the Celebration of Academic Excellence on April 23, 2014 in the Center for the Arts.

Congratulations, Lee!

The 2014 University Libraries Oscar Contest

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Image Source: ebbandflowphotography on flickr, CC BY-ND 2.0

Image Source: ebbandflowphotography on flickr, CC BY-ND 2.0

The 2014 Oscar Nominees list is out and the Academy Awards Ceremony is right around the corner! Come join us for the 2nd Annual University Libraries Oscar Contest.

Guess this year’s Oscar winners in our selected categories and you might have a chance to win a Canon PowerShot A1400 Camera!

Contest Instructions & Rules

  • Contest is open to UB Students only. You must also have a valid UBITName.
  • Enter your name and your UB e-mail address on the form below.
  • Pick your eight 2014 Oscar Winners.
  • Fill out our short questionnaire.
  • Participants predicting the highest number of categories correctly will be entered into the drawing for prizes.
  • All participants will receive a coupon code for a 10% discount to the UB Library Store.
  • Only one entry per student.
  • Entries will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014.
  • Winners will be contacted by their UB email address after the Oscar winners have been announced.


  • Grand Prize winner will receive a Canon PowerShot A1400 and AMC Theatres Gift Card.
  • Second and Third place winners will each receive an AMC Theatres Gift Card.

To enter the contest, please visit:

Welcome back and happy first day of classes!

Posted on: | by Bridget Schumacher |

As we welcome you back from winter break, we also welcome your questions about library services and resources. Below are some important library links to help you start the semester 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 spring semester!