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Photos: Upward Bound students in 2015

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.


Using RefWorks


Use a citation manager, such as RefWorks, EasyBib or Zotero 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, "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

  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.

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

    4. Create an Annotated Bibliography with RefWorks.
    It's pretty easy! Follow these instructions to get your annotations in the right place.

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


    Digital Media Lab with 3D Printing

    Photo: Upward Bound students in 2015

    Welcome to the Digital Media Lab!

    Located on the third floor of the Du Bois Library, the Digital Media Lab and has over 4000 square feet of production space designed to support students at any step in the multimedia production process.

    In the lab are iMacs and dual monitor PCs loaded with all the software needed to do a wide range of projects from slide shows and podcasts to multicamera video productions and 3-D animation.

    In addition, the lab has specialized production rooms such as a green screen room for shooting chroma-key videos, sound rooms for recording audio, a presentation practice / media viewing room, and a makerspace room (coming soon).

    Students can also checkout a variety of production equipment from cameras and tripods to audio recorders and portable sound booths. Most equipment is available on a 3-day loan and a detailed list of equipment can be seen here.

    For more information:


      Welcome UPWARD BOUND

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      at the Library!

      Photo credit: University of the Pacific




      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!


      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,

      What floor are my books at? Use the call number directory to find out. 

      Photo: Upward Bound student in 2015

      Databases for Research

      • 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 or to be taken directly to the Interlibrary Loan request page, so you can order the article if UMass does not have it.


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      Online Books!

      Access this e-book and many others in ebrary, one of the Library's e-book collections.


      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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