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My Information Delivered, Part II: Database Notifications

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

Similar to Google Alerts, most academic databases allow you to create an alert based off of a search.  Once you create an alert, notifications will be sent via email when new articles with your keywords have been added to the database.

Using Academic Search Complete, one of the most comprehensive databases made accessible by the UB Libraries, an alert can be created for any research topic of scholarly or personal interest.

1)      Start by going to the Academic Search Complete database.  (If you are accessing the database remotely, you may be prompted to sign in using your UBIT username and password).

2)     Once at the database, you can type in your keywords and continue as if you were conducting a search on the topic.

3)      Look for the “Share” button on the search results page.  Click this button to bring up several options, one of which is to create an email alert.

4)      A new window will open in which you can alter various alert settings, such as how often you want to receive emails and how current the articles will be.  To save the alert, you must sign in to your EBSCOhost Folder account.  (If you do not yet have an account, you can create one at this point by clicking the “Sign In” link which will provide that option.)

5)      Save the alert and you will begin receiving scholarly results directly in your inbox!

If you have any questions about Academic Search Complete or features within any of the databases made accessible by the UB Libraries, please contact a librarian either by email, phone, through instant messaging, or in person.


Stress Relief Days Return to the UB Libraries!

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UB students can take a break and relax between end-of-semester study sessions during Stress Relief Days in the UB Libraries. We’ll have therapy dogs to meet and pet, free coffee and snacks, and soothing music in two locations:

Lockwood Memorial Library

Government Documents Area, 1st Floor Lockwood Library

  • Monday, Dec 8th, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec 9th, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec 10th, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Health Sciences Library

Room B-15, lower level

  • Monday, Dec 8th, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec 9th, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec 10th, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Call for Nominations: Meyerson Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring

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[The following announcement comes from the Office of the Dean, Undergraduate Education.]

The President Emeritus and Mrs. Meyerson Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring was established through a generous gift by the late UB President Emeritus Martin Meyerson and his wife, Margy Ellen, to recognize exceptional teaching and mentoring at UB. Faculty members who exemplify these qualities are foundational to the University at Buffalo and its academic mission. They provide the guidance and support needed to help undergraduate students develop the skills necessary for not only research and creativity but also for critical thinking and innovation. This award sets the bar for faculty excellence in helping our undergraduates reach their full potential as young scholars, and launching their future careers. In addition to their involvement with students, mentors are leaders within their own departments, extending beyond professional duties to engage other faculty and students in meaningful collaboration and initiatives. A common theme among successful faculty mentors is that their mentoring experiences are as impactful to them as they are for their students.

Faculty may be nominated for the award by students, faculty colleagues and/or university administrators. Individuals selected for the award will be recognized during UB’s annual Celebration of Student Academic Excellence, which will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2015.

The process and portal for nominations may be found at

Nominations will be accepted through December 15, 2014.

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Colucci, Coordinator of Nationally Competitive Fellowships & Scholarships at 716-645-6134 or via email at


Book & Film of the Month for December 2014

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

FILM:  Begone Dull Care

This is a short (8-minute), experimental, “visual music” animated film from 1949. Directors McLaren and Lambart used a drawn-on-film technique, painting colored shapes and scratching directly on the film stock to make a visual representation of the rhythms and variations of its jazz soundtrack, played by the great Canadian jazz pianist, Oscar Peterson. The film is preserved as a “masterwork” by the Audio-Visual Preservation Trust of Canada.

The DVD is available in the Silverman Multimedia Collection:

BOOK:  Eating Fire: Selected Poetry 1965-1995  by Margaret Atwood

An omnibus edition of three collections of poems by Margaret Atwood: Poems 1965-1975, Poems 1976-1986, and Morning in the Burned House. Through bus trips and postcards, wilderness and trivia, she reflects the passion and energy of a writer intensely engaged with her craft and the world.

Copies are available in the Lockwood Library Book Collection:

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.