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Use Care When Relying on Web Sites

Remember to evaluate

web pages for accuracy, authority, currency and coverage before using information you find there unless the web page is recommended by your professor, a librarian or other individual you know and trust. Below are links to web sites that will help you do this quickly and effectively.


Keep your research organized

Put all your references in a citation manager, create quick and easy bibliographies, build your knowledgebase.

There are lots of options, such as:

More on using Zotero...

More about EasyBib...


Access Online Resources for Free

The Boston Public Library (BPL) and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) offer Massachusetts residents free, remote access to proprietary databases. Database resources include e-books, journals, magazines, and newspapers. Request a BPL E-Card for access.

Connect to databases for Massachusetts residents at You will need your 13-digit BPL E-Card number to login. 




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How to Find Books at UMass



Books, journals, articles, videos and more can be located using UMA WorldCat. To find books at UMass, start with the general search box on the library home page,  

Books that UMass owns will say: Libraries that own this item: UMass Amherst Libraries. For a paper book, click "Availability" to see if it's checked out, and for its location and call number. If it's at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, you can get the floor from this chart here, based on first letters of call number.  

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!

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Databases for Research

Beyond the Basic Search: How to Find Research Articles and More at UMass

There are hundreds of online collections and databases at UMass. To help researchers navigate that, librarians have created Research Guides organized by subject. Below are just a few of our databases and online collections.

Library databases are available to Massachusetts residents on a walk-in basis. Residents may use the database collection at any of the 50 public terminals located in the Learning Commons, W.E.B. Du Bois Library.  Please note that remote access to library databases requires current UMass affiliation.

  • America: History and Life
    Citations and abstracts for journal articles, dissertations, and book reviews relating to United States and Canadian history.
  • Black Studies Center  
    Combines several resources for research in Black Studies: Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, International Index to Black Periodicals (IIBP), The Chicago Defender, and the Black Literature Index.
  • ebrary
    Scholarly and popular books online in full text!
  • ERIC
    Education journal articles and reports.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
    Full-text articles from newspapers, magazines and journals of ethnic communities in the United States. In several languages, 1965-present.
  • Google Scholar
    The same Google interface you know and love--but it searches only scholarly, academic information, rather than the whole Web.
  • Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI)
    Articles from scholarly journals on Central and South America, Mexico, the Caribbean, the US -Mexico border area, and US Latinos, 1970-present.
  • PsycINFO
    Citations and abstracts for psychology journal articles, books, book chapters, and dissertations.
  • Social Services Abstracts
    Bibliographic coverage of current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development.
  • Sociological Abstracts
    References to scholarly journal articles, dissertations, and conference papers on sociology and related disciplines.

Tip for databases

After you've run a search, use the button to retrieve articles if available.


Reference Services


Learn about journals and journal artices!

What's a peer-reviewed journal?
Many of our journals are peer-reviewed. If you don't know what that means or why it matters, watch this video.

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