E-books from EBSCOhost – Try it out!

EBSCO ebooksAlright, we know some of you really like ebrary and some of you have tried and failed to like ebrary. Either way, we have a 60-day trial of an academic e-book collection from EBSCOhost we’d like to you to try and let us know what you think. The trial is available for current students, staff & faculty both on and off-campus.

The EBSCOhost eBook Academic Collection (quite a title) has more than 114,000 e-books. Like ebrary, the e-books all have an academic focus, so no novels or other fiction. Most books can be downloaded using Adobe Digital Editions and in order to download you must create a MyEBSCOhost account.

Give it a try:
EBSCOhost Ebook Academic Collection

Let us know what you think!

Van trip to UMass Amherst Libraries: Sunday, April 21

WEB Dubois library

Yes, that’s the library.

This Sunday, April 21st, the library is sponsoring a van trip to the UMass Amherst Libraries. Space is limited! Sign up on the sheet at the Library Research Bar.

The van will leave the Dining Hall at 11:30 am and return by 5:30 pm.

While at UMass, you can search their hundreds of databases and download or scan articles from their extensive journal holdings (ejournal listlibrary catalog). If you are a Massachusetts resident, you can get a library card and borrow books; if not, you can jot down any book titles that look useful and request them via Marlboro’s Interlibrary Loan service.

Emily and/or Amber are happy to meet with you this week to help you make the most of your 3 hours (roughly) at UMass. Stop by or set up an appointment.

Limited-time access to trial databases: don’t miss out!

Springtime often finds the library setting up database trials — free, limited-time opportunities to try out academic search engines and collections.

We’ve got a few trials in the works. The first two are now live and consist of historical newspaper collections.

Proquest Historical Newspapers provides the full-text (original page images) of major world newspapers from their beginnings until a few years ago. Included in our trial are:


  • The New York Times (1851-2009);
  • The Globe and Mail (1844-2009);
  • The Guardian (1821-2003);
  • The Observer (1791-2003);
  • The Irish Times (1859-2011);
  • The Weekly Irish Times (1876-1958); and
  • The Scotsman (1817-1950).



Gale NewsVault contains the full text of a number of 17th-19th century British and U.S. newspapers and magazines. This trial lasts only a week, so if you’re interested, try it now!

Yet to come: a trial of a major ebook collection that might give ebrary a run for its money — watch this space for updates.

You can always access all of our current trials by visiting the library homepage and clicking Database Trials (under ‘Conduct Research’).

Zotero workshops: 4/8 and 4/11, 5-6 pm

zotero 4Zotero bills itself as “free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.”

Get started using this amazingly powerful open-source citation management software for all your source saving, organizing, and citing needs! Come to a workshop with Emily or Amber this Monday, April 8 or Thursday, April 11. Both workshops are from 5-6 pm at the Library Research Bar.

We’ll go over how to install Zotero and then use it to capture, organize, annotate, sync, and share citations. We’ll also check out its bibliographic formatting capabilities and see how its word processor plugin can help you cite as you write.

Bring your own computer if at all possible.