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Writing & Publication

The University Libraries offer a number of a services relating to writing and publication, both for student writers and for faculty and researchers who publish. 

Student Services

  • Turnitin - Plagiarism Prevention The University Libraries support the "Turn-It-In" service, which matches writing against a database of other writings to detect potential plagiarism.  See Turnitin for more information, or contact your turnitin@umass.edu.

  • RefWorks and Citation Management.  The University Libraries support "RefWorks", a personal bibliographic database and reference list generator.  See Citation Management for more information, or contact your liaison librarian.

  • Citation Practice Workshops.  Librarians are available to meet with individual students and to conduct workshops in classes on citation practice, and citation management software (such as RefWorks, Zotero, etc.). Contact your liaison librarian for more information.

  • Writing Center.  The University offers a Writing Center, hosted in the Learning Common of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library (lower level), which offers peer-based support and feedback for writing. See the Writing Center for more information.

  • Graduate Students, and Theses and Dissertations.  The Scholarly Communication Office consults with graduate students on questions of copyright, citation, open access, and how to disseminate their publications, including their theses and dissertations. Contact the Scholarly Communication Office for more information, at scholarworks@library.umass.edu

 

Faculty, Researcher, and Instructor Services

  • Copyright Services.  The Scholarly Communication Office consults with faculty, postdocs, and other researchers and authors about (1) their own copyrights, including how to understand and negotiate their author agreements; and (2) how to understand use others' copyrighted works, whether public domain, fair use, Creative Commons, or used by permission. Contact Laura Quilter or the Scholarly Communication Office for more information, at scholarworks@library.umass.edu

  • Open Access and Open Data Requirements.  The Scholarly Communication Office, Science and Engineering Library, and liaison librarians consult with faculty, postdocs, and other researchers on matters of open access, including federal and other funder requirements for open access dissemination, and how to increase the impact of their research through open access. Contact the Scholarly Communication Office for more information, at scholarworks@library.umass.edu

  • RefWorks and Citation Management.  The University Libraries support "RefWorks", a personal bibliographic database and reference list generator.  See Citation Management for more information, or contact your liaison librarian.
  • UMass Open Access and Rights Retention Policy. The Scholarly Communication Office is happy to consult with individuals or departments about the proposed UMass Faculty Senate's Open Access and Rights Retention Policy. Contact the Scholarly Communication Office for more information, at scholarworks@library.umass.edu

  • Funding for Open Access Research (SOAR Fund).  The UMass Libraries provide funding to support publication in open access journals and monographs.  See http://library.umass.edu/soar-fund for more information. 

  • Turnitin.  For account information, assistance with, or comments on Turnitin, contact: turnitin@umass.edu