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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.

All Hallows’ Eve

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

Houses are decked with cobwebs and tombstones, their lawns littered with fallen leaves.  Carved jack o’ lantern faces glow eerily in the brisk autumn night.  Murmurs resounding with mischief can be overheard.  The Halloween season is upon us once again!

But where do modern day Halloween traditions come from?  Why do we give candy to costumed children that knock upon our doors, or carve spooky faces in pumpkins lit by candlelight?  And why do we derive such pleasure from scaring ourselves with meticulously orchestrated “haunted” houses and stories of the supernatural?

If you are looking to learn more about the ritualistic origins of Halloween, the UB Libraries’ collection has many titles to you get into the spirit.

To experience the sheer terror an expertly crafted horror tale can provide visit the UB Libraries’ Pinterest page and check out the Horror board that features books, and the Films: Horror board for some frightening entertainment.

Have a Happy Halloween!

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Major of the Month: Theatre and Dance

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Glendora Johnson-CooperGlendora Johnson-Cooper is the subject librarian for Theatre and Dance. With over 25 years’ experience as a librarian, she has a wealth of knowledge about the resources the Libraries’, and the University offer.  She is a past recipient of a SUNY Chancellor’s award for Excellence in Librarianship, and she welcomes the many opportunities she has to demonstrate the power of critical thinking and the value of cultivating life-long learning skills.­­­ Glendora came to librarianship with 17 years’ experience as an arts administrator, with a focus on the performing and visual arts.  She loves helping students and faculty sharpen their information-seeking abilities.

Glendora can help make sense of the many information resources the Libraries’ provide.  For quality, scholarly information on Theatre and Dance, try searching these databases:





Meet Nancy Schiller, UB’s Engineering Librarian!

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Nancy Schiller is UB’s Engineering Librarian.  She works with undergraduate and graduate students in UB’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences to help them find the information they need to be successful in their coursework and research.   Beginning September 8th, Nancy will be available to answer your library-research-related questions in the lobby of Davis Hall on Tuesdays from 11am to 12:30pm and on Thursdays from 2 to 3:30pm.  But feel free to contact her any time via email at …. And to get you started now, here are a couple of her top picks for SEAS students:

  • Engineering information available online, 24/7 – Try out Knovel!   Knovel is an engineering database for engineering students that provides online full-text access to over 1,000 engineering handbooks and textbooks. It’s a great resource to use to look up any engineering topic, and it is especially good for finding properties data and other, often hard-to-find information.  As an added bonus, many of the digitized books in Knovel have interactive equations, tables, and graphs:
  • Digging deeper – The journal literature is the core literature in science and technology.  Journal articles will provide you with the kind of detailed technical information you need to complete your assignments, and they are essential sources of information when writing a Masters or PhD thesis  To search for journal articles by topic, use the premier engineering database, Compendex, just a click away via: