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Historical Abstracts

The most important index/abstract to the literature of world history, excluding the United States and Canada, from 1450 to date. Over 1,700 academic historical journals, in over 40 languages, are covered beginning in 1955. Abstracts and citations are provided to articles, books (noted in key English-language journals and review sources), and dissertations. See America: Historical Life for the indexing of historical literature about the United States and Canada.  More Info
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JSTOR

Full-text coverage and searching, from first issue to within the past five years, of some of the world's most important scholarly journals. In addition to the ability to search major historical journals as a group, much historical material is available in the other disciplinary groupings included. See the groupings: African Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, History, History of Science and Technology, Latin American Studies, Middle East Studies, and Slavic Studies.  More Info
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Project Muse

Full-text online editions of over 100 scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences, many are historical.  More Info
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American Council of Learned Societies History E-Book Project

Major previously published monographs that may be read individually or searched as a group. Includes new titles specifically designed for electronic presentation. In addition to American history, titles of recognized enduring value are included for comparative history, Europe, the Middle East Russia and Eastern Europe, and science and technology. Full-text searching and subject headings provide access.

Periodicals Archive Online

Full text access to hundreds of scholarly journals is provided through Periodicals Archive Online (PAO). PAO may be searched directly through Periodicals Index Online (PIO). In PIO select Article Search and then Search citations with linked full text on the upper far right. Periodicals are in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and other Western languages. Within PAO, Article Search offers the standard PIO interface. PAO may also be searched and browsed by journal from the PAO interface. PAO is similar in structure and intent to JSTOR.  More Info
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Periodicals Index Online

Periodicals Index Online (PIO) , formerly PCI - Periodicals Content Index, indexes over 5,000 academic and popular periodicals published from as early as the late 17th century through 1995 (or last date of publication) in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.  More Info
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Dissertations & Theses

Dissertations & Theses provides title, author, and subject access to virtually every U.S. dissertation; the database also provides access to thousands of Canadian dissertations and U.S. master's theses, and since 1988 selected access to British and European dissertations.  More Info
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Archive Finder

Many will want to begin primary source research here. Over 5,600 repositories located in the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland are listed and partially indexed in this resource which identifies over 220,000 collections. Some material in Austira is also covered. It brings together the once separately published ArchivesUSA and the cumulative index to the National Inventory of Documentary Sources in the UK and Ireland. Combinable search options include collection name, repository name, repository location, subjects and more. Records repository contact information includes: phone and fax numbers, hours of service, materials solicited, and email and home page URLs.  More Info
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Google Books

Over 15,000,000 books and magazine issues may be searched in Google Books. The numbers grows daily as Google moves forward with its mission of scanning literally all the world's books and magazines. Even materials that are not readable full text are nonetheless searchable. Some texts (pre-1923) may be read in their entirety; while others may be read across a limited number of pages (20% of the book) in 'preview' mode and some are only viewable in snippet view. The latter is the least useful to researchers.  More Info
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HathiTrust Digital Library

Over 8.7 million scanned items, all described by precise metadata, are currently in the HathiTrust (one word) database. About 73% of the items in the HathiTrust catalog are copyrighted; 27% are in the public domain. The copyrighted items are generally inaccessible, even to institutions associated with the project. 48% of the catalog's items are in English, although 400 languages are represented.  More Info
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WorldCat

WorldCat is a mega-library catalog containing more than 100 million records contributed by 20,000 libraries around the world. It contains full bibliographic descriptions and cataloging information for the following types of materials: books, serials, manuscripts, sound recordings, audiovisual materials, maps, music scores, and computer-readable files  More Info
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Dissertations & Theses

Provides title, author, and subject access to virtually every U.S. dissertation; the database also provides access to thousands of Canadian dissertations and U.S. master's theses, and since 1988 selected access to British and European dissertations.  More Info
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New York Times (1851-2010) with Index (1851-1993)

The nation's "newspaper of record". Contents may be browsed by complete issues (that is, article-by-article), searched by article types, keywords, or subjects and printed or downloaded in PDF format. Citations can be exported to EndNote. To be a power searcher, review search help accessible by clicking the Help link on the upper right of the search screen. At the top of the search screen, select the heading News & Newspaper databases. Selecting this heading will allow you to search across the four newspaper databases to which we have access. These are: Ethnic NewsWatch, GenderWatch, Chicago Defender (1910-1975), and New York Times (1851-2010) and Index (1851-1993). Selecting Publications will retrieve a list of publications included in these resources. For a graphic display of when most articles were published on the topic searched, look to the right for a bar chart. Click on the bar for a period to retrieve associated entries.  More Info
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Databases

Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS)

The Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS), produced by the Association for Asian Studies, provides bibliographic references of western-language monographs, articles and book chapters on all parts of Asia published since 1971. Coverage is current or relatively current only for what have been judged the most important sources.  More Info
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Cambridge Histories Online

Publication of the Cambridge Histories began in 1960 and today there are over 250 volumes. Authored by distinguished scholars, they are an excellent place to begin research. They offer a contextualized overview - respecting history as evolution and continuity across time - suggesting how one event or thing is related to another. They give the BIG picture. They are a natural complement to such resources as Gale Virtual Reference (a huge collection of scholarly encyclopedias) and Blackwell Reference (a large collection of scholarly handbooks and dictionaries). Entries conclude with bibliographies.  More Info
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Early American Imprints I

Full-text searchable and an exact image of the original: Textual research in 17th and 18th century American studies has been transformed! Based on the renowned 'American Bibliography' by Charles Evans and enhanced by Roger Bristol's supplement, Early American Imprints is a definitive resource for researching every aspect of 17th- and 18th-century America.  More Info
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Eighteenth Century Collection Online

Use Eighteenth Century Collections Online to access the digital images of every page of books published during the 18th Century. With full-text searching of millions of pages, the product allows researchers new methods of access to critical information in the fields of law, history, literature, religion, fine arts, science and more.  More Info
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European Views of the Americas, 1493-1750

A comprehensive guide/bibliography to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750 taken from European Americana: A Chronological Guide to Works Printed In Europe Relating to the Americas, 1493-1750.  More Info
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GUTENBERG-e

Scholarly digital books that present information impossible to convey in traditional print format. Textual components may be printed. A collaboration of the American Historical Association and Columbia University Press.  More Info
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H-Net Reviews

Complements standard review sources: Timely reviews published online, often among the first to appear, offering an opportunity for exchanges between authors, readers, and reviewers.  More Info
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Index to Military Periodicals Air University Library

Indexes English-language military journals. History, strategy, tactics, technology, weapons, and diplomacy are covered. The Air University Library (AUL) has produced the index since 1949. Access from 1988 forward is available on the Web.  More Info
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Military & Government Collection

Full- text coverage for nearly 300 journals and periodicals, including full text for 245 pamphlets and indexing and abstracts for nearly 400 titles. Included material covers all aspects and branches of the military and government. Though the focus is the United States , topical coverage is across all time periods and global. Among included publications are: Journal of Cold War Studies, Journal of Electronic Defense, Journal of Military History, Journal of Strategic Studies, Naval War College Review, and Army Reserve Magazine.  More Info
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Periodicals Archive Online

Full text access to hundreds of scholarly journals is provided through Periodicals Archive Online (PAO). PAO may be searched directly through Periodicals Index Online (PIO). In PIO select Article Search and then Search citations with linked full text on the upper far right. Periodicals are in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and other Western languages. Within PAO, Article Search offers the standard PIO interface. PAO may also be searched and browsed by journal from the PAO interface. PAO is similar in structure and intent to JSTOR.  More Info
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Periodicals Index Online

Indexes over 3,000 academic and popular periodicals published from as early as 1770 to 1995 in the humanities and social sciences in English and other western languages. Three-hundred-and thirty-two journals on religion/theology - many in languages other than English -- may be searched as a group. See especially the groupings: Ancient Civilizations; area studies for Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, and the Middle East; History (General); History (The Americas); and Jewish Studies.  More Info
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ProQuest Dissertations and Theses

Access to citations for virtually every U.S. dissertation; the database also provides access to thousands of Canadian dissertations and U.S. master's theses, and since 1988 selected access to British and European dissertations. Citations for master's theses from 1988 forward include 150-word abstracts. Offers downloading of University at Buffalo dissertations published after January 1997, as well as the full-text of many non-UB dissertations published since 1997.  More Info
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Web of Science Core Collection

The combined site for citation indexes in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Search for specific articles by subject, author, and/or title. Because the information about each article includes its cited reference list, you can also search the database for articles that cite or are cited by a particular author or work. History is well-represented in the humanities and social sciences citation indexes.  More Info
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Primary Source Materials

AccuNet/AP Multimedia Archive

Contemporary as well as historical materials are provided. Photographs are included back to the 19th century; audio files, to the 1920s; and graphics, to 1999. More Info
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APS Online

Searchable access to the full-text images of 1,100 American periodicals, across many disciplines and intended audiences, published from 1741-1900. While the publications are American, the coverage is worldwide. More Info
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Archive Finder

Many will want to begin primary source research here. Over 5,600 repositories located in the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland are listed and partially indexed in this resource which identifies over 220,000 collections. Some material in Austira is also covered. It brings together the once separately published ArchivesUSA and the cumulative index to the National Inventory of Documentary Sources in the UK and Ireland. Combinable search options include collection name, repository name, repository location, subjects and more. Records repository contact information includes: phone and fax numbers, hours of service, materials solicited, and email and home page URLs. More Info
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Avalon Project at Yale Law School Library

All parts of the world and time periods are covered. Documents have been selected because of their relevancy to the fields of law, history, economics, politics, diplomacy and government.
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Early English Books Online

Photographic images of the texts of over 125,000 works published in England and the English-dominated world (including the North American colonies) - in English and other languages -- between 1475 and 1700. More Info
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Eighteenth Century Collection Online

Use Eighteenth Century Collections Online to access the digital images of every page of books published during the 18th Century. With full-text searching of millions of pages, the product allows researchers new methods of access to critical information in the fields of law, history, literature, religion, fine arts, science and more. More Info
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EuroDocs: Primary Historical Documents from Western Europe

Selected transcriptions, facsimiles, and translations covering both the major and smaller nations of Western Europe.
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European Views of the Americas, 1493-1750

A comprehensive guide/bibliography to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750 taken from European Americana: A Chronological Guide to Works Printed In Europe Relating to the Americas, 1493-1750. More Info
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Google Books

Over 15,000,000 books and magazine issues may be searched in Google Books. The numbers grows daily as Google moves forward with its mission of scanning literally all the world's books and magazines. Even materials that are not readable full text are nonetheless searchable. Some texts (pre-1923) may be read in their entirety; while others may be read across a limited number of pages (20% of the book) in 'preview' mode and some are only viewable in snippet view. The latter is the least useful to researchers. More Info
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HathiTrust Digital Library

Over 8.7 million scanned items, all described by precise metadata, are currently in the HathiTrust (one word) database. About 73% of the items in the HathiTrust catalog are copyrighted; 27% are in the public domain. The copyrighted items are generally inaccessible, even to institutions associated with the project. 48% of the catalog's items are in English, although 400 languages are represented. More Info
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Internet History Sourcebooks Project

Provides the full text of historical documents under headings for ancient history, medieval studies, modern history, Africa, East Asia, India, Islamic history, Jewish history, the history of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transsexuals, women's studies, global studies, and the history of science.
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New York Times (1851-2010) with Index (1851-1993)

The nation's "newspaper of record". Contents may be browsed by complete issues (that is, article-by-article), searched by article types, keywords, or subjects and printed or downloaded in PDF format. Citations can be exported to EndNote. To be a power searcher, review search help accessible by clicking the Help link on the upper right of the search screen. At the top of the search screen, select the heading News & Newspaper databases. Selecting this heading will allow you to search across the four newspaper databases to which we have access. These are: Ethnic NewsWatch, GenderWatch, Chicago Defender (1910-1975), and New York Times (1851-2010) and Index (1851-1993). Selecting Publications will retrieve a list of publications included in these resources. For a graphic display of when most articles were published on the topic searched, look to the right for a bar chart. Click on the bar for a period to retrieve associated entries. More Info
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Periodicals Index Online

Indexes over 3,000 academic and popular periodicals published from as early as 1770 to 1995 in the humanities and social sciences in English and other western languages. More Info
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Readers' Guide Retrospective, 1890-1982

An easily used portal to the past and a detailed account of U.S. culture and history through the lens of 'middle' America. Designed as the single index that might be available in a library the diversity of periodicals covered ranged from the American Historical Review to Mademoiselle to Retirement Living to UNESCO Courier. More Info
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Repositories of Primary Sources

A listing of over 5,500 web sites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary source materials.
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WorldCat

WorldCat is a mega-library catalog containing more than 100 million records contributed by 20,000 libraries around the world. It contains full bibliographic descriptions and cataloging information for the following types of materials: books, serials, manuscripts, sound recordings, audiovisual materials, maps, music scores, and computer-readable files More Info
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Encyclopedias

Blackwell Reference Online

For those lucky enough to find them, Blackwell companions have long been a powerful resource for serious researchers, whether students or seasoned scholars. Not designed for ready reference, they are comprised of extended essays which present a synthesis and overview of a topic and conclude with bibliographies. More Info
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Cambridge Histories Online

Publication of the Cambridge Histories began in 1960 and today there are over 250 volumes. Authored by distinguished scholars, they are an excellent place to begin research. They offer a contextualized overview - respecting history as evolution and continuity across time - suggesting how one event or thing is related to another. They give the BIG picture. They are a natural complement to such resources as Gale Virtual Reference (a huge collection of scholarly encyclopedias) and Blackwell Reference (a large collection of scholarly handbooks and dictionaries). Entries conclude with bibliographies. More Info
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Daily Life Online

Information regarding the daily lives of people from the past. The content is from numerous reference works, monographs, and primary documents. More Info
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Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library offers complete content of more than 100 book titles from the Gale Group of publishers. The collection includes subject encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference works in more than 20 subject areas. Broad topics include literature, history, environment, philosophy, life sciences, business, sociology, law, political science, popular culture, country studies, and more. More Info
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History Writing Resources Center

Designed by the history department at William and Mary College (Williamsburg, Virginia). Handouts on the basics of such concerns as writing a history paper, reviewing an article or book, reading and writing about primary sources, and citing various formats.
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Internet History Sourcebooks Project

Provides the full text of historical documents, essays on historical topics, and links to relevant web sites. Areas covered are: ancient history, medieval studies, modern history, Africa, East Asia, India, Islamic history, Jewish history, the history of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transsexuals, women's studies, global studies, and the history of science.
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New Dictionary of the History of Ideas

Begin with this source to trace the evolution of an idea. It is an encyclopedic encapsulation of the ideas and concepts that define civilization and the individual's role in it across the globe. Entries are by a distinguished team of international experts and explore a huge diversity of topics. Each entry explores the origin, cultural interpretation, and history of an idea and concludes with suggestions for further reading. Illustrations are distributed throughout. A reader's guide offers users the option of reading systematically across conceptual groupings. Volume I features an extensive historiographical essay on the concept of 'history' covering all time periods and major cultures. More Info
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Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

The major source for biographical information on individuals - engaged in all areas of activity -- who have lived in or had a special relationship with the British-dominated world. The later is important to note because individuals who lived in the colonies, the Commonwealth, or 'associated' places are included. Therefore, included are biographies of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, and Gandhi (India), Diefenbaker (Canada), and Hadrian (Rome). Coverage extends from the 4th century B.C. to 2000. More Info
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Reference Universe

For concise but scholarly discussions on any topic, search article titles and/or back-of-the-book indexes for over 4,000 reference books (subject encyclopedias, handbooks, etc.). While historical information may appear in any source, many titles are explicitly historical. More Info
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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).”

Course Guides

Topical Guides

How Does Google “Google”? (Hey, Can I Google That?)

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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.

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TED Talks Open Up a World of Ideas

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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.

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Welcome to Academic Year 2012/2013!

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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 lclcharl@buffalo.edu. 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!

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A New Semester is Upon Us

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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  lclcharl@buffalo.edu.  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.

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Getting the Most Out of Your Kindle

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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)

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EndNote Can Make You Smarter — Really!

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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.

ENlogoSB[1]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

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Newspaper Research in the UB Libraries

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[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.

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A History of the World in 100 Objects

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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.”

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A New Semester is About to Begin . . . Don’t Let It Begin without You . . .

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. . . 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

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Order Food in Many Languages!

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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

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