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UMass Amherst Libraries


Finding Books, eBooks, Video, Articles, Archival Material & More

This is our all-in-one "discovery layer" called EBSCO Discovery Search (EDS) which searches across the 5 college library catalog, our local digital repositories, as well as many (not all) of our subscription databases.


Discover Search



To find out more about how to use EDS, check out these two short instructional videos
Discovery Search Part 1
Discovery Search Part 2



Finding Books, eBooks, and Video in the 5 Colleges

The Five College Library Catalog lists books, eBooks, reference books, videos, audio recordings, government documents, microforms, archives, and all other material owned by the UMass Libraries as well as Smith, Mt. Holyoke, Hampshire & Amherst College. Circulating books are arranged by call number in the stacks. Search for known items using "Title begins with..." or "Author" (last name, first name). Search for books on a topic using "Subject begins with..."  or "Subject keyword." To order books not available here, click the Request Item button in the book record, and enter your library barcode number.

Subject Searches
Like most U.S. academic libraries, the UMass Amherst Libraries uses the Library of Congress (LC) classification system of subject headings, each of which has a unique call number range. Journalism is a subset of Language and Literature (P) and is in the subclass range PN 4699-5650. Within the PN range it breaks down like this:

Library of Congress Call # Subjects
PN 4699-5650 Journalism. The periodical press, etc.
PN 4735-4748  Relation to the state. Government and the press.  Liberty of the press.
PN 4775-4784 Technique.  Practical journalism
PN 4825-4830  Amateur journalism
PN 4832-4836 Magazines and other periodicals
PN 4840-5648 By region or country
PN 5650 The Jewish press

Other Library Catalogs 
UMass Amherst students, staff and faculty can expand their research by searching other library catalogs and requesting material not available locally.

A catalog of most large U.S. libraries and many libraries in Canada, Japan and Europe. Create an Interlibrary Loan (ILLIAD) account to order books not held here. 

Public and academic libraries in Central and Western Massachusetts, searchable together or individually, plus the catalog of the State Library of Massachusetts.