Last day for ILL requests: Monday, November 23

The last day that the library will process interlibrary loan requests (i.e., borrow from other libraries materials that we don’t own) for Fall 2009 is Monday, November 23.

If you anticipate needing sources for end-of-semester projects, do try to identify them this week or weekend and get those requests in by the deadline!

Questions? Stop by or drop us a note.

GreenFile for environmental research

If you’re researching any aspect of human impact on the environment, try GreenFile, a new addition to Rice-Aron Library’s databases.

GreenFile contains citations and abstracts for hundreds of thousands of articles that deal with the environment in conjunction with agriculture, education, law, health and technology.

Some articles can be read in their entirety within GreenFile; for others, you’ll want to check Rice-Aron Library’s journal holdings. If we don’t own an article you need, we can get it for you via Interlibrary Loan if you request it by November 23.

Questions? Contact the library anytime; we’d be happy to work with you.

What happened to the library website??

We’ve made a few changes to the library website!

1. All the research databases can now be found in one A-Z list.  You don’t have worry about whether something is a dictionary, article database, or electronic collection!

2. A snazzy new Journal Look-Up search box has been added.  Use this search box when you are looking for a specific journal title.  Once you click search, it will magically tell you if we subscribe to it in print or online and where to find it. 

3. And finally, we’ve promoted our Subject & Course Research Guides to the “Conduct Research” section.  Check out these handy research guides to get more information about conducting research.  For a good starting point, look at the Quick Start Research Guide.

If you have any comments or suggestions about the library webpage, feel free stop in and chat with a librarian or email us at

Van trip to UMass Amherst Libraries, 11/15

Take full advantage of 26 stories of pure research power. The library is sponsoring a second van trip to the UMass Amherst Libraries on Sunday, November 15, 2009. The van will leave the dining hall at 11:30 am and return to Marlboro around 5:30 pm. Sign up on the sheet at the service desk in the library. The van can accommodate 14 passengers.

The UMass Libraries house over 3 million volumes and provide access to over 300 research databases (including powerhouses like PsycINFO and Web of Science) and the full text of 45,000+ journals. Bring a USB drive and take advantage of their public computers to download articles for your work. Use their public scanners to grab chapters of books to fortify your plan research. Ride the elevator up to 23 (for the best view) and get queasy. Trek across campus to the Integrated Sciences & Engineering Library for even more specialized resources in the physical and life sciences and engineering.

If you’d like to make the most of your visit, set up an appointment with your own Marlboro librarians Amber ( or Emily ( beforehand. We can go over what UMass has in your area of research and help you arrive prepared.