Ever wonder how Google Search works? Now there’s an innovative infographic that explains it all, from crawling and indexing to algorithms, to the war against spam as well as the policies that guide all of these efforts. Simply visit http://www.google.com/insidesearch/howsearchworks/thestory/ and scroll. As you scroll, there are things to click on to learn more. Hover over the images with your mouse as you scroll and additional information will be given and you’ll see what happens as Google processes a search. Be sure to explore the headings in the two search bars at the top of the screen. And don’t miss the video at http://www.google.com/insidesearch/howsearchworks/crawling-indexing.html.
If you can spare 10 minutes (or a little more) for viewing a video, you may find that new ideas — on BIG and profoundly important topics — can come easily into your life. This is the idea behind TED Talks (Technology, Entertainment and Design) — which, incidentally, can be accessed through a great app on any tablet. Learn about the project, at its site and on Wikipedia. While several historians have participated in the effort — and you can hear (and watch) them explore BIG ideas — there is far, far more that will be of interest to imaginative students of history beyond their contributions. Speakers are among the world’s thought leaders and you’ll find world leaders, scientists, and innovative scholars on TED. Try the TED search function or just browse.
Another academic year begins, lots to do, to learn, to experience, to survive, to enjoy, and to grow from and into. The Libraries have changed A LOT over the years to reflect financial and pedagogical changes and, of course, there’s TECHNOLOGY. If you’re new to UB you can’t really appreciate how different things are and look from even a year ago. Even our Web face — our homepage — is different.
There’s so much more than ever before to help you with your course work and to complement formal instruction and your intellectual curiosity. Through this blog and this Web site, I’ll do my best to help you throughout the year. Take a scroll through what’s here — go exploring. It’s so easily done now — a few clicks and you’re in a new world. You can even get lost — but you won’t get hurt.
OK — here’s some real advice (an assignment if you will) regardless of your place in your educational journey, make a point of exploring these links:
Best Basic Resources (Learn what’s here and you’ll be dangerous — in a good way): http://library.buffalo.edu/findlibrarymaterials/databases/bestbasicresources.html
Research Tips: http://library.buffalo.edu/help/research-tips/
You can always call me: 645-7745 or email me firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m here to help. Help me help you by asking for help. I can provide answers to specific queestions and give research advice. You can also meet with me in person. That’s right — I can be your “personal librarian” — to hire me you only have to contact me. The best thing about all this is — it’s free!
Don’t underestimate how confusing all this (the electronic library) can be. Even we (librarians) struggle to keep up on everything. So don’t ever be embarrassed — I mean really, you paid for this!
I think I’ve written this before. Oh, yes — I have — a number of years now. This time I’ll make it simple.
Call, email, or visit — don’t hesitate, I’m here to help. The best thing about coming to a librarian for help is that no one — certainly not an instructor — ever has to know how much help you’ve received. To paraphrase a popular ad campaign: What happens in the library stays in the library. And a lot can happen here to help you “look good” and — even more importantly — learn.
My office is in room 321 Lockwood Library, call me at 645-7745, or send email to email@example.com. Any question concerning research in the library or on the Web is welcome — and often I send answers, not simply directions on how to do it yourself. Although I always include the latter.
There’s more to a Kindle than reading books. It’s a very powerful and very flexible machine. Learn Kindle text searching and marking, using a dictionary as you read, text acquisition (finding a variety of free things to read), loading files, loaning books, searching books, and file management techniques. We’ll learn about Kindle for PC, too. Do you use your Kindle for more than reading books? Learn about podcasts and music files and Web searching. Learn how to mail files to your Kindle. If you have a Kindle, don’t be shy, please bring it along. If you have a Kindle app on another device, bring that device along as well. You’ll enjoy your Kindle even more after this session.
Please register for this session at: http://www.etc.buffalo.edu/workshops/workshop.asp?EventID=1396
Presenter: Charles D’Aniello (Kindle Owner)
Date and Time: Tuesday, 1 March, 12:00-1:00
Location: 212 Capen Hall, North Campus (Teaching & Learning Center)
I am offering two introductory EndNote classes. These sessions will launch you quickly for use and further self-instruction. Look at them as a jump-start-quick-start! Both will be given in room 109 Lockwood Library: Wednesday 23 February 12:00-1:30 and Friday 25 February 12-1:30. Register at: http://www.etc.buffalo.edu/workshops/workshop.asp?EventID=1361 or http://www.etc.buffalo.edu/workshops/workshop.asp?EventID=1279 respectively.
EndNote is database software that enables you to create an extremely data-rich and flexible database you can use to “save” and organize your research. People are most familiar with EndNote as a tool for inserting bibliographic citations into their writing. But EndNote can do much, much more. An entry for any item in an EndNote database (library) may be added to or modified at any time. A record for a particular article, for instance, may contain extensive subject indexing (which you can create or modify to suit your needs), a link to the article itself (saved as a file on your drive), or illustrations. For instance, you could use EndNote to save vacation photos. A record can also contain many pages of text saved in an annotation field. As your knowledge grows and your research matures, your EndNote records — and the library the records comprise — can grow and be modified repeatedly. You might find EndNote an excellent way to save notes for an exam associated with a graduate degree. You might never use the citation capability of EndNote and still find it useful. Databases like EndNote can – in a very practical and understandable way – make you “smarter.” They can enhance the memory dependent portion of your performance.
For many years, I have taught people how to use EndNote. And over the years the product has evolved significantly. It is easier to use now than ever before and the databases from which citations are often uploaded into an EndNote library now generally make this a truly seamless process.
You can teach Endnote to yourself. That is how I learned to use it. But you might also benefit from attending a class. The class will give you a framework into which to organize your reading and what you’ve learned or will learn from practicing with the software. That said, there are some excellent self-instructional materials on the Web. Some are produced by the publisher; others, by librarians and the staff of research institutes. For a quick EndNote overview, that takes less than 10 minutes, watch the publisher produced “What’s New in EndNote x4”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mneif-awYsM. It is complemented by the University of Queensland’s: http://www.library.uq.edu.au/endnote/how_use.html. You’ll find the UB Libraries’ EndNote site at: http://library.buffalo.edu/libraries/endnote/index.html. Be sure to give special attention to the Frequently Asked Questions at: http://library.buffalo.edu/libraries/endnote/faqs.html. Excellent step-by-step illustrated tutorials are available at: http://www.library.uq.edu.au/endnote/intro_to_endnoteX4.pdf. Years ago, I learned how to use EndNote by studying an earlier version of these. They are a good place to begin. You’ll find the publisher’s tutorials at: http://www.endnote.com/training/WMVs/ENX4/enx4tutorial_download.asp. Finally, you will find a “getting started” guide, produced by the publisher, at: http://www.endnote.com/support/helpdocs/ENX4_GettingStartedGuide_WinMac.pdf
Interested in learning abour the softer side of EndNote (what’s that?), reserve your spot for this 13 April session: http://www.etc.buffalo.edu/workshops/workshop.asp?EventID=1394
[The following post was written by University at Buffalo librarian Mary Soom.]
Newspapers are valuable resources for your research, whether you are looking for the very latest information or for historical facts.
While there are many current news sources freely available online, did you know that the University at Buffalo Libraries subscribe to large databases of newspapers and other news sources? These databases allow you to search broadly across thousands of papers and media transcripts to gather information for your research paper. Alternately, you can limit your search to a particular country, state, or title. See descriptions of these sources at Newspapers Online.
Perhaps you are interested in the historical perspective. The libraries have you covered here as well. At Historical News Online you can locate subscription and freely-available databases of historical papers.
In addition to online news, the libraries receive many titles in print and we maintain a microform collection of titles, including hundreds in the Early American Newspapers collection. You can find out all about it at Newspaper Research in the UB Libraries.
If you can’t find what you need, ask a librarian; we will help you locate it.
Not United States history to be sure, but we are nothing less than part of humanity’s journey. In a larger sense, we areall from the same place, what differentiates us is minor. Our common humanity is obvious in this work. A History of the World in 100 Objects. We hold it, record: http://catalog.lib.buffalo.edu/vufind/Record/003250764
Not only is it available to read, even better, you can listen to a 15 or so minute podcast on each object as well. The podcasts are beautifully produced and fascinating. Even without the image before you, there’s a lot to learn and I have them saved on my mp3 player and on my eBook reader. To download or play, visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/ahow/all. To see each object (via a short video), coupled with the corresponding podcast, visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/objects/ykHw5-oqQEGFnvat1gavxA. There are many obvious term paper ideas here. The Web site home page is found at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/
From the Web site: “At the heart of the project is the BBC Radio 4 series A History of the World in 100 objects. 100 programmes, written and narrated by Neil MacGregor http://www.britishmuseum.org/the_museum/management_and_governance/directors/neil_macgregor.aspx , Director of the British Museum http://www.britishmuseum.org/ and focusing on 100 objects from the British Museum’s collection.”
. . . don’t let it begin without trying to use the library and the full range of free and commercial information resources to their fullest advantage. It’s easy to get by; but are you a “power” information and library user? – Or are you “good enough,” thank you very much. Don’t hestitate to contact me — I’m here to help. I answer email, phone calls, and am available for appointments.
Follow me on Twitter for cues to topics of interest to historians and history students– and for cues to information that may help you be a better student. This is a tiny investment of time, which may have a BIG pay off. You’ll find me at: http://www.twitter.com/historysearcher
Google Translate Speaks! Type in text — not too much though — and, in many languages, it will speak. It always types, even in characters and different alphabets. Try it at: http://translate.google.com/?ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tab=wT#en|pl|
What can you achieve with this orality? It’s not up to conversation yet but it can be used to order dinner. Although not perfectly. If you haven’t clicked on the image, click on the link that follows – you must be getting hungry! http://www.brandchannel.com/home/post/2010/11/04/Google-Demo-Slam-2.aspx
Primary Source Materials
Guides to Websites
- World History Sources (George Mason University) Scholarly reviews of online sources and guides by leading world history scholars to analyzing primary sources: music, images, objects, maps, newspapers, travel narratives, official documents, and personal accounts. There are eight multimedia case studies for these formats as well as sixteen case studies written by teachers. These case studies discuss the teaching of a particular primary source.
- WWW-VL: History: Central Catalogue An enormous unannotated but carefully organized in outline form list. Part of the larger WWW-VL: History Network.
- AcademicInfo: History “. . . an online education resource center with extensive subject guides and distance learning information. Our mission is to provide free, independent and accurate information and resources for prospective and current students (and other researchers).”
- European Immigrant Lives (3/2008)
- Japan and World, 1914 – 1952 (9/2008)
- Voyages of Discovery (3/2006)
- France–History–German Occupation (Vichy) (11/2009)
- Canadian Studies Resources: A Basic Guide (9/2010)
- War and the Environment in the Atlantic World (2/2011)
- Korea-Japan, 1895-1945: A Guide to Library Resources (10/2011)