Better Living through Zotero: Dedicated Hour Workshop, March 3

Better Living through Zotero

with Emily & Amber

Wednesday, March 3 1:15-2:00 pm
D38 (Long Room)

Zotero is a free Firefox plugin that lets you easily save, manage, and format references as you come across them in library catalogs, databases, or the Web. This little plugin can save you hours of time, eliminate the need to keep track of your references with piles of printouts and index cards, and take much of the pain out of formatting citations in your bibliography. Build your own database of references and access it from any computer, anywhere. Get help citing tricky formats like web pages and videos. Essential for Plan students and useful for anyone who cites references in their work, Zotero can save you time and make you happier.

Bring your laptop, if you have one. For a preview, visit

All are welcome!


Research field trip! Van trips to UMass Libraries, 3/7 and 4/18

Once again, the library will sponsor two trips to the UMass Amherst Libraries this semester. The first trip will take place on Sunday, March 7. The rough schedule:

  • Leave dining hall 11:30 am
  • Arrive UMass Amherst 12:45 pm
  • Leave UMass Amherst 4:15 pm
  • Arrive dining hall 5:30 pm

While you can’t borrow books directly from UMass, you *can* get access to their 300+ research databases, 50,000 or so online journals (bring a thumb drive or email articles to yourself), and take advantage of their free scanners to scan book chapters that interest you. You can also note any books you find useful and request them via Interlibrary Loan from Marlboro.

Not sure where to start? The UMass Libraries have a nice set of Subject Research Guides that highlight the best sources they have on various topics.

Space is limited! Sign up on the sheet at the service desk in the library.

If you have any questions or would like to talk about your research before heading down I-91, please contact Emily Alling, library director (and former UMass librarian).

When turning pages isn’t quite enough exercise…

On a global scale, we have the Winter Olympics; more locally, we have the Wendell-Judd Cup. Inspiration for getting out and engaging in some physical activity is all around us. Whether your idea of exercise is running a marathon or settling in for a marathon novel reading session, come check out the Library’s winter display, “Move Your Body,” which features selections from our book and video collections that are sure to get your heart rate up. Special thanks to library intern Jess Weitz for devising and creating this display!

Move Your Body!