Van trip to UMass Amherst Libraries, Sunday 2/27, 11:30 am

This Sunday (February 27), the library will sponsor the first of two van trips to the UMass Amherst Libraries this semester.

The van will leave the dining hall at 11:30 am and return by 5:30 pm. There are 14 spots available — sign up on the sheet at the library research bar.

What can you do at UMass Amherst?


  • Visit one or both of their two libraries: the W.E.B. Du Bois Library (26 stories packed with literally millions of books and journals in the humanities and social sciences) or the Science & Engineering Library. located in the Lederle Graduate Research Center lowrise (see campus map [PDF]; see library floor directories).
  • Use their public workstations to access their hundreds of research databases and tens of thousands of online journals.
  • Email articles to yourself, or bring a USB drive to download them and bring them home.
  • Peruse the stacks and look at books in your areas of interest. If you are a Massachusetts resident, you can sign up to get a card and borrow books (see requirements here); if not, you can jot down information for any books you’d like to use and request them via Interlibrary Loan.
  • Free scanning is available; guest cards can be purchased that will let you photocopy or print.
If you’d like to prepare before visiting, you can come talk to Emily or Amber, or check out UMass’s Subject Research Guides in your area of interest to learn more about what databases, journals, and other resources they might have to offer you.
Space is limited, so sign up today! We’ll offer a second van trip on April 17. 


Psychology database trials in February: PsycINFO and more!

This month, the library has trial access to three important psychology resources. If your research involves psychology, behavior science, or mental health in any way, shape, or form, you will want to check these out. They are active through March 3.

PsycINFO (through March 3, 2011)
The American Psychological Association’s renowned resource for scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations. The largest resource devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioral science and mental health.

PsycARTICLES (through March 3, 2011)
Full text of nearly 80 journals published by the APA. All journal articles, book reviews, letters to the editor and errata from each journal. Coverage from 1894 to the present

PsycBOOKS (through March 3, 2011)
Full text of over 2,000 books, including some 1,500 classic books of landmark historical impact in psychology, plus more than 1,500 authored entries from the Encyclopedia of Psychology.

This trial has been set up by the Vermont Consortium of Academic Libraries. We welcome your feedback on these resources–stop by to let us know what you think, or email

Happy researching,

Snowy, but not snow, day for the library, Wed 2/2

The library remains open today, Wednesday, February 2, despite the snowstorm.

Full-time staff are staying home, but intrepid student workers will be staffing the service desk from 8:30-10:30 am, 3:00-5:30 pm, and 6:30-11:00 pm. Those would be your windows of opportunity to pick up ILLs/books on hold or ask a question in person.

The reserve/AV room will be open as usual, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm (barring any last minute emergencies)–in case you need to do reserve readings or, you know, procrastinate.

I’ll be checking email and am happy to answer research or library questions today —

If you want to play it safe and call before heading up the hill, the Service Desk number is x221 (and, as mentioned above, someone should be there from 8:30-10:30, 3:00-5:30, and 6:30-11:00).

Enjoy the snow!

–Emily Alling
Library Director