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Buffalo History - Research Guide


Finding Books in the Libraries' Catalog)
There are four basic ways of searching for books and other materials in Libraries Catalog. One can search by author, title, keyword, or subject, each of which is demonstrated below. For additional searching assistance, review the BISON Help page, or consult with a reference librarian.

Sample AUTHOR search:

a = belfer, lauren

Sample TITLE search:

t = city of light

Sample SUBJECT searches:

s = buffalo (N.Y.)--history
s = mcKinley, William, 1843-1901--assassination

Sample KEYWORD searches:

k = central terminal and buffalo
k = pan american exposition and buffalo
k = frank lloyd wright and buffalo

Sample Titles:

Frank Lloyd Wright, Six Buffalo houses.
Location/Call Number: ARCH/PLAN Book Collection NA737.W7 R36 1990

Headlines & history / The Buffalo News.
Location/Call Number: Capen Libraries/Reference Oversize PN4899 .B95 B8 1999

Newspaper Articles

Finding Articles in the Buffalo News & Other Buffalo Newspapers:

Search the Buffalo News via Westlaw Campus Research for articles published in the Buffalo News from 1990 to the present.

For articles published in the Buffalo News before November 1992, you must use the microfilm copies. Location/Call Number: CAPEN Multimedia Center: MicFilm AN256 .B84 (1881-1925, 1958-present).

For more details on accessing copies of older articles (i.e. obituary and death notices) from the Buffalo News and other Buffalo newspapers, consult a reference librarian or go to

To see a comprehensive list of microfilmed newspapers from Erie County and the local libraries that have them, visit the New York State Newspaper Project's list of Erie County Newspapers on Microfilm.


The following web sites were selected by librarians as being among the best Internet resources for information on Buffalo history. For additional web searching assistance, review the ASL Finding Web Resources guide, or consult with a reference librarian.