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Library Help Guide for MSW Extension Students

The University at Buffalo Information System Online (BISON) is a gateway to the wide range of library and electronic information resources and services offered through UB Libraries located at

UB Libraries Catalog
Search the UB Libraries Catalog to locate books, magazines, journals, and multimedia in the UB Libraries Collection. From the UB Libraries Catalog page, click on the Libraries Catalog Button to begin a search. The Web Catalog Help page provides examples of how to search the catalog. If an item in the Web Catalog is marked "currently checked out" to another library user, you may recall it by using the Recall/Hold Request Form. When the book is returned and held for you, the University Libraries will send you a notification letter.

Find Journal Articles using Online Resources
To find journal articles search the many electronic databases available through the University Libraries.

Find Course Reserve Materials Online
Readings placed on reserve by your instructor for your courses may be available in full-text online. Consult the BISON Course Reserve page for instructions on how to Search the Catalog for Course Reserve Readings and how to Access and View Course Reserve Materials. A copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader is necessary for viewing reserve materials online and can be downloaded for free. <<<<maybe there should be a library page about acrobat and pdf for the unitiated>>>

Renew Books Online
Once you have checked out books or other materials from the library, you may renew your books online up to three times by using the UB Libraries Renewal Request Form. Books may not be renewed if they are overdue or have been recalled for another user. Also, books borrowed through an Interlibrary Loan Request from a library other than from UB cannot be renewed.

Retrieving Materials from the UB Libraries Collection
As a MSW Extension student, you can come to the university libraries to retrieve books, copy articles, or search databases. There are ten campus libraries that comprise the UB Libraries located on the both the north and south campus. To locate and take out books from the UB Libraries Collection, visit the library the catalog indicates as holding the item you want. To find a journal article in the UB Libraries Collection, first search the UB Catalog to determine the location of the journal from which the article came. Next, visit the library the catalog indicates as holding the journal you are interested in order to retrieve the journal and then photocopy the article. The main social work collection is located at Lockwood Memorial Library, while related materials may be found in the Health Sciences Library, Undergraduate Library, and the Law Library.

Visiting the Campus Libraries
Distance learning students are encouraged to visit the library in order to take advantage of individual, in-person help from reference librarians to familiarize students with the wide range of services and increase facility with library resources. To find the University Libraries, consult the Directions to Campus and Interactive UB Campus Map. Also be sure to consult the Library Hours Schedule before making the trip. The Library Hours Schedule contains the hours each library is open as well as which hours a reference librarian will be available to answer your questions. Students are also invited to take advantage of free library workshops or make use of the free guides used for each workshop by clicking on the title of the workshop in the calendar.

Place an Interlibrary Loan Request
If you are a registered MSW Extension Student and need books or articles from the University at Buffalo Libraries, complete the online Interlibrary Loan Form to request materials be sent to you. When submitting a request from the Interlibrary Loan Form page, be sure to use either the Book or Article links from the All Other Students row. Select the Book link if you need to request a book, conference proceeding, dissertation, microform or audiovisual item. Select the Article link if you need to request a journal, magazine, or newspaper article.

Ask a Reference Question Online
If you would like to ask a question about library services or send comments to the library staff, messages may be sent to If you have questions specific to social work or a particular library, you may direct your question to one of the following:

Lockwood Memorial Library
Health Sciences Library
Law Library

Social Work Extension Quick Links

Social Work Databases on BISON
Lockwood Social Work Resources
UB School of Social Work Main Page
UB School of Social Work Programs Page
Jamestown Community College
Jamestown Community College Hultquist Library

January 4, 2000