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Libraries Announce Winners of the Undergraduate Sustainability Research Award

USRA 2015

The UMass Amherst Libraries are pleased to announce the winners of the Undergraduate Sustainability Research Award. The competition was open to all currently enrolled undergraduate UMass Amherst students.

The first place recipients, who will share a $1,000 scholarship, are Amy Chou ’17, Lowell, Mass., Dylan Masi ’17, Amesbury, Mass., and Tim Shea ’17, Chelmsford, Mass. for “Monitoring Waste to Minimize Waste at UMass Amherst.” 

Two second place awards of a $500 scholarship each go to Will Burgess ’16, Boston, Mass., Sarah Schomp ’16, Stow, Mass., Mike Iwata ’16, Manchester, Mass. for “Eco Connection: Solutions for Thirsty Orchards,” and Sam Stettiner ’16, Andover, Mass. for “Ecological and Management Implications of Climate Change Induced Shifts in Phenology of Alewife.”

Honorable mentions of $250 scholarships go to Haeree Park ’18, Swampscott, Mass. for “The Black Soldier Fly Larvae Manual,” and Maija Ploof ’18, Leverett, Mass. for “The Language of Sustainability.”

The Undergraduate Sustainability Research Award was made possible through the Libraries national award-winning Sustainability Fund.

“The winning projects for the 2016 Undergraduate Sustainability Research Awards reflect our students’ dedication to creating a culture of sustainability on campus.  The Libraries, supported by our generous Friends of the Library, are proud to support these awards and recognize the outstanding work of UMass Amherst students,” says Director of Libraries Jay Schafer.

The award promotes the learning of sustainability, research strategies, and the use of library resources, including consultations with subject librarians. The winning submissions demonstrate students’ sustainability-related research, critical thinking skills, and leadership potential which they will carry into their future academic, vocational and community-based endeavors.

The winning projects will become a part of the Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives as well as made openly accessible in ScholarWorks, the university’s digital repository: Dylan Masi ’17 will accept the first place award on behalf of the team at the annual Dinner with Friends on Saturday, April 2, 2016.


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Libraries call for submissions for Undergraduate Research Award

Deadline is Monday March 7, 2016

The UMass Amherst Libraries invite submissions for the Friends of the Library Undergraduate Research Award.  The deadline is Monday, March 7, 2016.  Submission guidelines and evaluation criteria are available at:

The eighth annual Friends of the Library Undergraduate Research Award (FLURA) recognizes excellence in the use of primary sources in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.  

Undergraduate students are invited to submit papers or projects that represent work completed for a class or independent study in any field within the 18 months prior to the application deadline of Monday, March 7, 2016 and while the student was enrolled as an undergraduate at UMass Amherst.  The first place recipient receives a $1,000 scholarship and the honorable mention winner receives a $250 scholarship. The winning papers/projects will be posted online at  and added to the University Archives.

A primary source is a record of an event, an occurrence, or a time period produced by a participant or observer at the time, such as letters, diaries, writings, speeches, photographs, and scrapbooks, or the historic records (archives) of an organization (such as correspondence, memoranda, minutes, annual reports, etc.).  Primary sources can also include government documents, artwork, artifacts, maps, music, audiovisual materials (film, audio and video tape), and computer files.

Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) at the UMass Amherst Libraries reserves the right to extend the deadline or cancel the contest if too few entries are received. The determination of number of entries required to award a winner is at the sole discretion of SCUA and the UMass Amherst Libraries.

The award is sponsored by the Friends of the UMass Amherst Libraries and Special Collections and University Archives.  Prizes are made possible thanks to generous donations from the Friends of the Libraries.  Panels of faculty and community experts will judge the anonymous entries.

Winners will be announced by mid-March. The first place recipient will be invited to receive his/her award at the Library’s Dinner with Friends fundraiser on Saturday, April 2, 2016.  For more information, contact Special Collections at


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Where can I borrow a laptop?

Circulation/Reserves, Lower Level, Du Bois Library

Laptop borrowing


You asked - we listened. Laptop borrowing just got better!
Loan period increased to 24 hours.
Many additional New Dell laptops now available.
Unrestricted use – take one overnight or bring to class.


  • Only UMass Amherst students may check out laptops
  • Valid UCard required, a second picture ID may also be requested
  • Wireless access available throughout Du Bois Library

Loan Periods

  • 24 hour loan
  • Sorry - no reservations
  • Borrowers are responsible for secure storage and prevention of damage to equipment while it is in their possession.


  • Return equipment to Circulation/Reserves Service Desk, Lower Level, Du Bois Library
  • Please - do not return equipment in a Library book return. Damage may result!
  • Laptop returns due of Friday or Saturday night are due back 30 minutes before closing.
  • Borrowers are liable for loss or damage to equipment, including loss or damage caused by putting it in the Library's book returns.  Borrowers are also liable for late fees and replacement costs for equipment given to a third party to return.

 Fines and Fees

  • Late fees are $20.00 per hour or fraction thereof, up to a maximum fine of $480.00
  • A $15.00 processing fee and a non-refundable $10.00 billing and are added to bills for fines and replacement costs

Replacement Costs

  • After 24 hours, borrowers will be billed for the replacement cost of the equipment

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Reserve a Group Study Room

in the Learning Commons and SEL

group study

Have you ever wanted to reserve a group study room in the Learning Commons or at the Science and Engineering Library?  Now you can! 18 group study rooms in the LC and 8 at SEL are available to be reserved by groups of three or more people. Reserve a Room now!

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Quiet Study

Floors 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, and 20

Quiet study

For times when you need to truly concentrate, there are quiet study areas on these floors of the library: 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, and 20. 

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Image Collection Library

Access LUNA, ARTstor Digital Library, and more


The Image Collection Library (ICL) assists faculty and students in the transition from analog to digital image technology in the classroom and provides digital image resources for the UMass Amherst campus community. 

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Poster Printing

Make professional quality posters


Need a professional quality poster for an exhibit, project, or wall decoration? For a cost of 2 cents per square inch, you can print posters on 42" wide heavyweight, satin finish photo paper. Custom sizes can be created. For details and to schedule an appointment, please visit Poster Printing. The poster printer is located near the Learning Commons and Technical Support Desk on the Lower Level of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library.

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Writing and Publication Services

for Students and Faculty


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

  • Turn-It-In and 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 Plagiarism Prevention for more information, or contact your liaison librarian.

  • 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


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

  • 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
  • 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

  • Funding for Open Access Research (SOAR Fund).  The UMass Libraries provide funding to support publication in open access journals and monographs.  See for more information. 

  • Turn-It-In and Plagiarism.  The Reference and Liaison Librarians can work with individual faculty or departments to understand Turn-It-In, what its results mean, and how to use it appropriately in the context of a course. See Plagiarism Prevention for more information, or contact your liaison librarian for more information.

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New DVDs

Browse online


New DVDs: Browse online. You can see descriptions, availability and browse by subject:

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Where do I get research help?


Where do I begin?

  • UMA WorldCat  Single search discovery tool to identify, retrieve, and request a wide range of books, articles, videos, and more
  • Research Databases  Over 450 databases, listed by subject, with full-content access to journal and newspaper articles, images, and more
  • Five College Catalog  Books, journals, videos, and more in print and online, held at UMass, Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mt. Holyoke College, & Smith College Libraries
  • Research by Subject  Subject guides created by your UMass librarians

Who can help me find information?

What guides and tutorials are available to help me?

How do I work with citations?

  • Using Citation Styles Learn what a citation is and which style to use for your paper or manuscript
  • RefWorks Sign up (free if from UMASS) to use this tool to export your citations directly from the databases and then automatically create bibliographies.

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