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Why you should be using EndNote!

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

EndNote is citation management software you can download free of charge courtesy of UB.  Once you download EndNote, it belongs to you to continue to use long after graduation.  But what exactly is citation management software, and how can it help you?

Have you ever resorted to listing the titles of sources for a research paper on a random scrap of paper, or a blank word document?  When collecting pdfs of articles, do you end up with a jumble of files somewhere on your computer?  Are you constantly looking up MLA, APA, or Chicago style rules when creating a works cited page?  Citation management software can do all of these tasks for you!

EndNote will ease the burden of organizing your references, documents, and citations.  You can take that article you find in an academic database and import the citation directly into EndNote, along with the pdf.  EndNote allows you to arrange your citations, and articles, into folders for easy retrieval of research or class readings.  You can read the articles right in EndNote, highlight text, and even write notes to yourself.  When putting together a works cited page, EndNote can import the citation in any style you need directly into a word document.

If you want a quick overview of how EndNote works, watch one of the following short videos.

The UB Libraries frequently offer several workshops on how to make the best use of EndNote, ranging from basic to more advanced features.  These workshops are free and open to all UB students.  Do yourself a favor and make your academic life easier by taking advantage of EndNote, and all the resources provided to learn how to use it.

UB’s Elevator PITCH Competition – 90 sec. to deliver the perfect elevator pitch and win prizes!

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UB’s Elevator PITCH Competition – 90 sec. to deliver the perfect elevator pitch and win prizes!

Ready, set, pitch! Contest gives UB student entrepreneurs 90 seconds to deliver the perfect elevator pitch and win prizes!

Deadline to register March 31st, register to participate online:

What’s your BIG idea? Join the Academies and PITCH your idea at the Second annual UB Elevator PITCH Competition!

Watch last year’s video to see what it’s all about…

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Irish Literature!

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Come celebrate the luck o’ the Irish with UB Lit Club on good ole St. Patty’s Day! Experience political poetry with W. B. Yeats and Seamus Heaney; the vampiric world of Bram Stoker; the glory of consciousness with James Joyce; theatre with George Bernard Shaw, and so much more!

The leprechauns of Lit Club will be sure to bestow the UB community with the golden treasures of literature on March 11th, from 12-5 pm, in Lockwood Memorial Library.

Come one, come all, and may the luck o’ the Irish always be with you!

“When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep…”
—W. B. Yeats

Book & Film of the Month for March 2014

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The University Libraries and Undergraduate Academies are pleased to announce our “Book & Film of the Month” selections for March:


The story of Mark Zuckerberg and his creation of Facebook, the global social network and revolution in personal communications, The Social Network is compelling viewing. Zuckerberg has become the youngest billionaire in history. But for this young entrepreneur, as this film laced with scathing wit and aching sadness vividly illustrates, success can also lead to dramatic personal and legal complications.

Directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network was also Roger Ebert’s selection for the best film of the year, and was nominated for eight Academy Awards, and won three for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Best Film Editing. Available in the Silverrman Library Multimedia Collection (DVD 2698: PN1997.2 .S63 2011).


The emergence of factories, railroads, and gunboats propelled the West’s rise to power in the nineteenth century, and the development of computers and nuclear weapons in the twentieth century secured its global supremacy. Now, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, many worry that the emerging economic power of China and India spells the end of the West as a superpower. In order to understand this possibility, we need to look back in time. Why has the West dominated the globe for the past two hundred years, and will its power last?

Ian Morris’ Why the West Rules-For Now: the patterns of history, and what they reveal about the future is a timely selection reflecting today’s headlines. The book won several literary awards, including the 2011 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Creative Nonfiction,[10] and was named as one of the books of the year by Newsweek, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy,The New York Times, and a number of other newspapers. It has been translated into 13 languages. Available in the Lockwood Library Book Collection (CB251 .M68 2011) and also on circulating Kindle e-readers.

Both selections are part of our 48 Good Books and 48 Good Films initiatives; titles on these lists were chosen by UB faculty and staff members of the Undergraduate Academies Council to reflect the themes of the five Academies: Civic Engagement, Entrepreneurship, Global Perspectives, Research Exploration and Sustainability. Think of them as “unrequired” reading and viewing suggestions.

All 48 Good Books and 48 Good Films are available in the UB Libraries.