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November 26, 2012

Extended Hours have been announced! Starts December 7, 2012

Extended Hours have been announced! The University Libraries is excited to continue offering its extended hours for finals week from Friday, December 7th - Thursday, December 20th. Circulation services will be available ALL hours that the libraries are open, as well as access to our laptops, headphones, and reserve materials. The Science Library and the University Library combined offer more than 200 PCs and 12 Macs maintained by ITS, quiet study space throughout the buildings, and many Group Study Rooms - all equipped with a PC, table, chairs, a dry erase board, and wireless Internet access.

The University Library will be open:
         Sunday                        9:00am - 24 Hours
Monday-Thursday*                --- 24 Hours ---
          Friday               24 Hours - 1:00am (Saturday morning)
       Saturday                       9:00am - 1:00am

The Science Library will be open:
         Sunday                      11:00am - 1:00am
Monday-Thursday*           8:00am - 1:00am
          Friday                       8:00am - 8:00pm
       Saturday                       9:00am - 8:00pm

*The Science Library will close at 6:00pm, and the University Library will close at 8:00pm on Thursday, December 20th.

We welcome any questions, comments, suggestions, or ideas for improvement. Please contact Shawn Marosek at or 442-3612.

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November 20, 2012

University at Albany Acquires Papers of "Wicked" Author Gregory Maguire '76

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November 6, 2012

DATABASE OF THE MONTH: November is Election Month. Try POLLING THE NATIONS....


Polling the Nations is an online database providing the results to over 18,000 polling surveys from 1986 to present.  Updated weekly, it is an excellent source for finding polling data on various issues over time.  Although the emphasis is on U.S. polls there is some coverage of international polls. It includes not just polling information from major news and polling organizations but also polls conducted by advocacy groups such as the Sierra Club  and Mothers Against Drunk Driving although dates of coverage will vary..   The search engine provides searching capability by subject, keyword, geography, organization responsible for the survey, demographic group, and date.
Each poll includes full questions, results, source, date, survey method and sample size.  Results can be easily exported into an Excel worksheet.  During the election season the database can be used to track the public’s perception on a candidate’s capabilities over time.  For example, a keyword search for “Romney” and “economy” yielded 137 surveys dating from October 7, 2007 to September 20, 2012(search performed 10/19/2012).  A keyword search combining “Obama” and “job performance” yielded 51 survey dating from  January 13, 2009 to September 2, 2012 (search conducted 10/19/2012).



While the database includes surveys from most of the major polling sources such as Gallup, CBS, Zogby, FOX, CNN, NBC, ABC, there is some time delay. Coverage of each polling source is not necessarily comprehensive. Persons interested in  current polling data on candidates for public office should check various news organizations’ web sites.  Polling the Nations is available to current students, faculty, and under “Databases” at the University Libraries’ web site at .
To contact Dick Irving, Political Science subject specialist, and find more information on political sciences resources, see .

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