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Honors Seminar 1: Ideas That Changed the World

This is a library and online research guide for theCommonwealth Honors Seminar, Honors 291A. Here are resources and research tips that will be especially useful for researching topics related to this semester's readings.

Students and instructors are invited to use the comments feature on this site in order to share your own research tips and opinions with others in the Commonwealth Honors Seminar. 


Finding Books

TIP: When you look for a particular book on the shelf, make sure to browse the shelf and nearby shelves for related books. Take your time! Open the books!  

To find books at UMass Amherst, you have two options:

  1. Start with the general search box on the library home page,  
    • This catalog gives you access to libraries and collections throughout North America and beyond! It starts with UMas,s but does not limit you to our catalog.

  2. Use the Five Colleges Library Catalog.
    • This catalog lets you search in some very specifc ways, for example, by Library of Congress Subject Heading. Be as specific as possible in your searching. Start with a subject search (use keyword if subject yields no results). Search by author, title, subject, keyword, call number, journal title, etc. For materials on a specific subject, enter your term(s) into the Subject or Keyword search boxes.

    Article Databases

    Try out these databases, comment on them and rate them too! Over 300 research databases are available through the UMass Amherst Libraries. Here are a few that will be especially useful.

    • * All library databases
      Browse the Libraries' 300+ research databases by subject or alphabetically.
    • ABI/INFORM Global
      Academic and trade journals dealing with a multitude of business topics.
    • Academic Search Premier
      A good starting point: articles from key journals in many scholarly disciplines, with some trade journals and magazines, 1975-present.
    • America: History and Life
      Citations and abstracts for journal articles, dissertations, and book reviews relating to United States and Canadian history.
    • ATLA Religion Database
      Covers journal articles, essays and book reviews that make up the research literature of all major religious faiths and denominations.
    • Communication and Mass Media Complete
      Communication scholarly journals and trade journals, plus articles on communication topics from related disciplines.
    • CQ Researcher
      Well-documented full text overviews of current issues, including bibliographies and chronologies. Produced by Congressional Quarterly, 1991-present.
    • ebrary
      Search the contents of over 41,000 scholarly books. Jump right to the portions that deal with your topic, or read through the books right on your screen.
    • ERIC
      Education journal articles and reports
    • Five Colleges Libraries Catalog
      Search the collections of UMass and the Four Colleges: books, journals, DVDs, dissertations, and more.
    • Google Scholar
      Easy to search like Google, but returns only scholarly articles, books, dissertations. Look for "Get Full Text Via UMLinks" links next to some article titles.
    • Historical Abstracts
      Journal articles, books and dissertations on world history from 1450 to present.
    • International Political Science Abstracts
      Articles from international political science periodicals.
    • MLA International Bibliography
      An index to journal articles and other scholarly literature on literature, literary theory and criticism, linguistics, folklore, and film.
    • Sociological Abstracts
      References to scholarly journal articles, dissertations, and conference papers on sociology and related disciplines.
    • WorldCat
      The combined catalogs of most U.S. libraries, including UMass.

    Use RefWorks

    Use a citation manager, such as RefWorks to keep track of your research.

    Put all your references in RefWorks, create quick and easy bibliographies, build your knowledgebase.


    1. Set up your account by clicking on the RefWorks link on the library homepage. From the RefWorks info page, choose "RefWorks Login & New Account Set up." From the login page, choosse "New to RefWorks? - Sign up for an Individual Account." Note: You get to choose your own username and password - make them easy to remember!

    2. Get your book citations into RefWorks

    Books from UMA WorldCat (a huge combined catalog that includes UMass books)

    1. Go to
    2. Conduct a search and go to an individual item listing.
    3. Click “Cite/Export.” Select "Export to RefWorks" in the pop-up box.
    4. Log into RefWorks.

    Books from the Five College Catalog

    1. Conduct a search and go to an individual item listing.
    2. Click "E-Mail/Save" link near the top of the screen.
    3. Under Choose predefined format, select "RefWorks Format." Click "Go."
    4. Click "RefWorks."
    5. Log into RefWorks.

    3. Get your journal article citations into RefWorks
    Most databases have a way to export citations into RefWorks directly.

    4. Print out your bibliography

    1.     Click on Bibliography from the menu toolbar.
    2.     Select Output Style (APA, MLA, etc.) .
    3.     Select Format a Bibliography from a List of References
    4.     Select File type to Create (HTML, Word, or text file)
    5.     Select the Folder from which the citations are to be taken.
    6.     Click Create Bibliography.
    7.     Follow the instructions for viewing the file. Remember to save the document before closing. 
    Be sure to check the list for accuracy!


    If you need more help or info on RefWorks, check out the FAQs.

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