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Welcome back! Want to be more productive this semester? Consider taking one of our workshops.

Wikispaces Workshop

Feeling alone in a group project? Learn how to manage your projects at the Health Sciences Library’s Wikispaces Workshop. Learn how to organize, connect and collaborate virtually with your group. You’ll never feel lost again!

Wednesday, February 18 • 2:00 pm-3:00 pm • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)
Wednesday, March 4 • 3:00 pm-4:00 pm • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)

iPad Productivity for the Health Sciences

In this one-hour class at the Health Sciences Library, we will explore a variety of medical apps as well as a selection of apps for productivity. Bring your iPad or simply follow along as we investigate useful tools for health care, organization and efficiency.

Tuesday, February 24 • 12:00 pm-1:00 pm • 165 Abbott (HSL South Campus)
No Experience EndNote for Health Sciences

EndNote is a computer program that allows the user to organize their references, images and PDFs; search online bibliographic databases; and seamlessly create bibliographies in Microsoft Word. Tailored for those who have never used EndNote before and would like an introduction to this very powerful piece of software, the primary focus is on how to download the EndNote software, use databases, such as PubMed, to populate your EndNote library; and how to instantly move references from EndNote into your Microsoft Word documents in virtually any citation style!

Thursday, January 29 • 10:00 am-11:30 am • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)
Tuesday, February 10 • 5:30 pm-7:00 pm • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)
Thursday, February 12 • 10:00 am-11:30 am • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)
Thursday, February 26 • 11:00 am-12:30 pm • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)
Wednesday, March 11 • 2:00 pm-3:30 pm • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)

Advanced EndNote for Health Sciences

Building on the skills learned in the No Experience class, learn more about how to get other references into your library and use the online and app versions of EndNote to work collaboratively or on the go.

Tuesday February 17 • 5:30 pm-7:00 pm • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)
Wednesday, March 11 • 3:30 pm-5:00 pm • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)

Prezi: Moving Beyond Powerpoint

Learn how to harness the power of Prezi to create a dynamic presentation. Prezi is a free interactive presentation tool that allows users to create and collaborate on visual presentations from any location. This one hour hands-on workshop will teach the basics of using Prezi, including how to set up an account, choose the right template for your presentation, and add the right effects to make your presentation stand out.

Monday, February 2 • 11:30 am-1:00 pm • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)
Tuesday, March 10 • 5:30 pm-7:00 pm • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)

Google tricks to make your life easier.

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I came across this on Tumblr. The original post is here. It’s nice to have all of these little hacks in one place. While the examples are not health sciences, I think you can easily extrapolate and think how you might have an easier time with your Google searches.

Your Digital Footprint

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October 1, 2014: Your Digital Footprint

Exposing the ‘meta’ trail

You are invited to the first program of the Digital Challenges Series: Your Digital Footprint on Wednesday, October 1, 2015 between 12:00 – 6:20pm in the Student Union Theater (UB North Campus.)

National experts will explore the technological, ethical, legal and moral issues related to the “digital footprints” we all unwittingly leave behind.

This free event is open to the public. Stop by for one or two sessions, or stay for the entire afternoon.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Just for attending UB students will have a chance to win prizes including Beats Headphones, iPad Mini and Wireless Bluetooth Speakers.

While not required, registration is recommended.

Undergraduate Prize for Library-Supported Research

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The University at Buffalo Libraries, in cooperation with the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, are pleased to sponsor and announce the 2015 Undergraduate Prize for Library-Supported Research.
The Prize recognizes students who produce significant academic inquiry requiring use of information resources, the University at Buffalo Libraries and the collections. Undergraduate research conducted by individual students or by student teams is eligible.


  • Research in all disciplines is eligible for the Undergraduate Prize for Library-Supported Research
  • Submissions must document use and application of library/information resources in any format (online, print, Web, media, etc.)
  • Research conducted in full or part during the period from January 2014 – February  2015 is eligible
  • Research projects can be presented in any format (print, web-based, media, database, art works, etc.)
  • Prize winning research will be featured on the UB Libraries and Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Web sites


One $500 prize will be awarded.


For more information and/or to apply, please visit:


The application deadline is March 6, 2015.


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Kanopy Streaming Video service

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The University Libraries are providing even more access to streaming videos to support classroom instruction. Kanopy Streaming Video is now available through a joint pilot project with other regional colleges.

Kanopy offers more than 6,500 films in a wide variety of subject areas and from several educational film distributors including these popular collections: Criterion Collection, Symptom Media, PBS, Green Planet Films, First Run Features, California Newsreel, BBCActive, NEVCO and German Film.

Create clips/playlists and embed any video or clip in UBlearns. Questions? Please contact Multimedia Collections and Services at

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Web of Science Training Sessions

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Why You Should be Searching the Web of Science Databases

Find out how the Web of Science can work for you!

On October 14th, a Web of Science trainer will be in the Science & Engineering Information Center in Silverman Library to demonstrate Web of Science databases and answer your questions. The Web of Science indexes over 12,000 journals, 148,000 conference proceedings, and 50,000 editorially selected books across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Students and faculty in all areas of science and engineering will benefit from these sessions, as well as those from the health and social sciences.

Please Note: Registration is required; see below to register.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 14th

WHAT: Three sessions will teach you tips and tricks for using the Web of Science databases and how to determine citation metrics and impact factors. You can come to just one, two, or all three sessions. Your choice!

SESSION 1 11:30am-1pm Tips for Searching Web of Science (WoS) [refreshments will be served]
SESSION 2 2pm-3pm Researching Citation Metrics and Impact Factors Using WoS
SESSION 3 3pm-4pm Searching the New Patent and Data Citations Indexes on WoS

WHERE: Science & Engineering Information Center, 2nd floor, Silverman Library, Capen Hall [back by the windows]

PRIZES: Prizes, courtesy of Web of Science, will be awarded at each session!

REGISTRATION: Please register by October 6th by sending an email to Ruth Oberg in the Silverman Library at oberg @ with the following information:

1. Your name:
2. Your department:
3. Your email:
4. Which session(s) you will attend:
___ SESSION 1: Tips for Searching Web of Science (WoS)
___ SESSION 2: Researching Citation Metrics and Impact Factors Using WoS
___ SESSION 3: Searching the New Patent and Data Citations Indexes on WoS
5. Any questions or topics you would like discussed at the sessions:

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Welcome new and returning students!

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For those of you who are returning, welcome back! We missed you (no, seriously–we love it when it’s busy). For those of you who are new, welcome!

My name is Michelle Zafron and I’m the library liaison to the School of Public Health and Health Professions here at UB. Should you need help with anything library related (and that covers a wide range), you can contact me a couple of different ways:

  • Phone: (716) 829-5746
  • Email: mlzafron @ buffalo . edu
  • Chat: See this box? It should also be on the right hand side of your screen. Monday – Friday 8:30 – 5, I am generally available. Just type your question into that box and I’ll do the best I can to help you.Library H3lp

Things you should know about:

  • Delivery+ is a free service to UB students, faculty, and staff. If you need a book, book chapter, or an article, you can request it. You’ll need to register but it’s pretty painless and the service is amazingly faast.
  • Want to access databases or articles from off-campus? Just make sure you log in through the UB Libraries. You’ll need your UBIT name and password, but once you’ve done that, you should be able to get to most everything but print materials from wherever you are.
  • Consider taking a workshop. They fill up fast. Learn to use PubMed. Make your presentations more effective with Prezi. Use EndNote to organize your citations and work with Word for easy formatting. Consider how to be more productive with your iPad. You can find out more about them here.
  • Maximize Google Scholar . I’m not knocking it. Google Scholar is a great tool (it shouldn’t be your only tool, but it’s a good one). Set it up to search UB Library holdings for you. Instructions are on the linked page.
  • Need help in the middle of the night or on the weekends or any hour? Use our 24/7 chat service.
  • Have a great year and remember to contact me if you need help!
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Sign up today for bioinformatics workshops!

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Introduction to Blast

The Basic Local Alignment Search Tool (BLAST) is a combination statistical and mathematical equation created by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). The BLAST suite offers a set of tools for identifying areas of similarity between various kinds of genomic and protein sequences as well as specialized BLAST tools for Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), comparing sequences, identifying mutations, sequences binding molecules such as drugs and more.

Thursday, June 26 • 1:00-4:00 pm

Advanced BLAST

An extension of the Introduction to BLAST building on the skills learned, covers working with nucleotide BLAST, Assigning biological function to your unknown sequence and specialized BLAST functions.

Monday, July 7 • 1:00-4:00 pm


UCSC Genome Browser Workshop

The UCSC Genome Browser permits researchers to rapidly browse a large number of vertebrate, invertebrate, microbial and model organism genomes. Any portion of any genome may be retrieved at any scale, together with dozens of aligned annotation tracks (known genes, predicted genes, ESTs, mRNAs, CpG islands, assembly gaps and overage, chromosomal bands, mouse homologies, and more). Users can also add their own custom tracks to the browser for educational or research purposes. In addition, the Browser provides portals to ENCODE data, the Neanderthal sequences, and is home to the popular sequence alignment tool, BLAT.

Friday, July 25 • 1:00-4:00 pm


A pharmacogenomics knowledge resource that encompasses clinical information (including dosing guidelines and drug labels), potential clinically actionable gene-drug association, and genotype-phenotype relationships. Pharm GKB collects, curates and disseminates knowledge about the impact of human genetic variation on drug responses.

Friday, August 15 • 1:00-3:00 pm

Check all our offerings on the HSL Workshops page. Don’t forget to scroll down and look over the list of Workshops on Demand too.

Questions? Call your instruction librarian, Deb Chiarella, at 716-829-5753 or e-mail

New service model

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Starting July 1, we’re consolidating our circulation and reference service desks at the Health Sciences Library. All inquiries will be handled at one desk in an effort to provide more streamlined service.

We will continue to handle reference questions and more in-depth research consultations. All librarian liaisons to the health sciences schools will remain on the South Campus in the Health Sciences Library.

As the librarian liaison to the School of Public Health and Health Professions, I will still be available to meet with you in person or field questions by email, chat, or phone.

Please contact me if you have any questions!

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