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Guide to the Libraries for Faculty and Graduate Students (pdf)



Each department or program on campus has a designated liaison librarian who serves as the first point of contact for any library-related questions or services.

The UMass Amherst Libraries' Academic Liaison Program goals include maintaining regular communication with academic departments and programs, building effective working relationships between library staff and faculty in support of teaching, learning and research, and improving library services.

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Library Instruction and Information Literacy

Faculty and teaching assistants may arrange course-related instruction sessions for their students. These sessions, conducted by librarians in a computer classroom or other location, are tailored to each class and can provide hands-on practice with library resources. Librarians can also assist with incorporating information literacy into your syllabus and assignments. Contact your department library liaison or use the online form.

Linking to Online Library Resources

Our guide provides information about how to link to the fulltext online resources of the library for easy incorporation into course management systems (Moodle, SPARK) or course web pages.


More than 3,000 educational titles are available in a variety of formats, including videos, DVDs, CDs, audiocassettes, LPs, and CD-ROMs. Book media for preview and classroom use with a Media Materials - Booking Form. See the Media Collection webpage for more details, deadlines and policies.

The Libraries provide access to a suite of audio databases that provide faculty and students with a diverse range of music styles and genres. These resources can be accessed on or off campus (off-campus use required logging in with an OIT NetID and password).

Plagiarism Detection Services

The Library partners with other campus offices to offer online plagiarism detection services for faculty support and student education.


Instructors may place books, articles, videos, DVDs, lectures on audiocassette and CD-ROM, and sample exams on reserve each semester for use by students in their courses on Reserve (short-term loan) or online in Electronic Reserves. See the Course Reserves webpage.

Subject Research Guides

Librarians have developed research guides tailored to particular disciplines and to current hot topics. In many cases, research guides have been developed in collaboration with faculty for specific courses.

Teaching Commons

Located on the 26th floor of the Du Bois Library, the Teaching Commons is a concept and space maintained through a partnership between the Center for Teaching & Faculty Development, Office of Information Technologies (OIT), and UMass Amherst Libraries. Open for walk-in use; as well as scheduled programming.

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Reference, Research Assistance and Ask a Librarian

Librarians staff the Reference and Research Assistance Desks of libraries during most hours of operation. Contact your department Liaison Librarian to schedule individual research consultations (including database searching help) with subject specialists in various fields. Or use one of the Ask a Librarian services for general assistance.

Citation Management with RefWorks

RefWorks citation manager is available to all UMass Amherst students, faculty, and staff via the Library's web site. RefWorks greatly enhances the library research process as it collects, stores, and organizes citations from books, articles, web sites, and other sources. The Library offers workshops on using RefWorks.

Collection Development and Suggestions for Purchase

Librarians select books and other materials based on the University’s curriculum and faculty research interests. Faculty and graduate students are welcome to suggest items that should be added to the collections by submitting recommendations through the Form for Suggesting New Material.

Data Management

To help researchers meet the recent NSF’s requirements for Data Management, the Libraries' Data Working Group is coordinating the development of a number of services to help researchers analyze existing data management practices or create new practices that best fit the needs of their research projects.


The University Libraries provide access to a wide range of online databases. The mix is constantly changing; consult reference librarians or the list of Research Databases. In addition to scholarly and popular journals, the databases give access to Atlases & Maps, Audio files, Biographies, Database Trials, Dictionaries & Encyclopedias, Directories, Dissertations & Theses, E-book Collections, Government Publications, Images, Newspapers, Standards, Statistics, and Technical Reports.

Digital Scholarship & Consultation Services

The University Libraries support faculty, researchers, and community partners in planning, creating, organizing, and preserving digital information. From a single class to global sharing, from workshops to one-on-one consultations, DSCS consults on digital collections in support of instructional and research activities.

Interlibrary Loan – Borrowing from Other Libraries

Interlibrary Loan service obtains from other libraries materials which are either not owned by the University's libraries, or are not available. Use this service to obtain loans and copies of a variety of materials worldwide. Many databases have the Interlibrary Loan request built in through the UMLinks button.

Letters of Introduction for Doing Research at Other Libraries

Faculty and graduate students needing to perform research at libraries in the United States or abroad may request a letter of introduction from their library liaison or from the Research and Instructional Services department. Many research and university libraries require such letters from outside researchers.

Library Express

The UMass/Amherst Libraries offers a program called Library Express that provides direct delivery of articles and regularly circulating books from the library collections located in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library and in the Integrated Sciences and Engineering Library. There is no fee for this service at this time. It is available to any current or retired faculty or staff and current students on campus or off, near or far.

Remote Access to Library Resources

Library databases and electronic journals are available on campus, or off-campus to students, faculty, and staff with an OIT computer account. For complete information about remote access to library resources, see our Library Services for Distance Learners webpage.

Scholarly Communication

The Scholarly Communication Department offers consulting services for faculty on any of their teaching, research, or publishing questions. We can assist faculty with questions around copyright and fair use of materials in their publications or teaching, as well as in evaluating or negotiating author agreements.  We are happy to meet with individual faculty or departments to discuss matters such as open access, copyright, open access teaching materials, and publication options.  We are housed on the 19th floor of the Du Bois Library, or contact us through the Digital Scholarship and Consultation Services

ScholarWorks – Research Repository

ScholarWorks@UMass Amherst is a repository for the research and scholarly output of members of the University of Massachusetts Amherst community.

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These shared, lockable small rooms in the Du Bois Library are available to graduate students and faculty. Apply for a carrel through the Circulation Office (545-2905).

Faculty Writing Place

The Faculty Writing Place, jointly developed by the Center for Teaching & Faculty Development and the UMass Amherst Libraries, is located in Room 1602 of the Du Bois Library. It is a large, quiet office equipped with tables and comfortable chairs, live internet jacks with cables, a computer, printer, dry erase board, reference books, wireless, and writing supplies. Current and retired UMass Amherst faculty, UMass Amherst visiting scholars and 5C faculty are welcome.  Access to this room is provided via a UCard swipe system.  To have your UCard programmed for access, bring it to the Circulation Services Desk on the Lower Level of the Du Bois Library, Mon-Fri 8:30 AM-4:30 PM.  UCards can be programmed for a full academic year; cards will need to be reprogrammed at the beginning of each new fall semester.

Proxy Library Cards for Research Assistants

UMass faculty, staff and special needs students are eligible for a proxy card. A proxy card allows a designated individual to check out books for them. Research assistants are often designated as a proxy for faculty members. The faculty, staff or student who has authorized the proxy is responsible for all materials charged out on the proxy card.

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Last Edited: 7 April 2015