Finding material on your star
Library research basically means finding and using two types of material: books, and scholarly journal articles (warning: video link
If you're just starting out and have no specific references to track down, you search for books in the Five College Catalog by subject or keyword, and use the call number (which starts with letters, confusingly) in the book record to locate them in the library.
You find articles by going to the Library's list of databases and choosing one that covers the discpline (like film) or material (like newspapers) you want, and searching. If the full text isn't linked to the record, try the red UMLinks button. If that doesn't get you to full text, search for the journal title (not the article title) in the eJournal locator.
If you already know of certain books and articles you want to find -- maybe from a bibliography -- the process is different. For books, instead of a subject or keyword search in the catalog, try a search by title or author (last name first, please). For articles, go right to the eJournal locator and enter the name of the journal.
There are a lot of variations on these themes -- research can be simple, or quite complicated. Please avail yourself of the help of the reference librarian for ideas or information about how to proceed with any research. Contact us by email, chat, phone or text, or just come to the Reference desk in the Learning Commons for friendly help from experts whenever you need it.
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