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Category: New Resources

Has the blockbuster of the decade inspired you to read some of the source material? We've got you covered!

See where it all began in the Libraries' new volumes of Marvel comics, part of our growing comics and graphic novels collection:

Ant-Man
Avengers
Black Panther
Black Panther (Christopher Priest run)
Captain America
Daredevil
Fantastic Four
Hulk
Iron Man
Spider-Man
Spider-Man (Miles Morales)
Thor
X-Men

And of course, for our super students working hard on their finals here, thank you for helping us keep the Libraries an "Avengers" spoiler-free zone!

Election Day is November 6, and the UMass Amherst Libraries have you covered. Here are a few of our resources to help prepare for Tuesday:

Voting Resources Available Freely Online

Polling Locations for Massachusetts can be found here.

Ballotpedia provides information about the upcoming election, including a preview of what your ballot looks like.

The Election Protection Coalition is the largest and oldest nonpartisan election protection organization that helps to ensure all voters have the opportunity to vote.

If you have problems while voting, call:

English: 866-OUR-VOTE

Spanish: 888-VE-Y-VOTA

Arabic: 844-YALLA-US

Asian and Pacific Languages: 888-API-VOTE

American Sign Language: 301-818-VOTE

You can also find the Coalition on Twitter and Facebook.

The Federal Election Commission provides election news and information.

The National Archives & Records Administration (NARA) has a page of voting information where you can check your registration.

The US Congress website has a list of the bills being considered this session, among other information.

The US Election Assistance Commission has resources for voters, including information in multiple languages.

UMass Amherst Libraries Resources

Congress Collection is a collection of facts about the activities of Congress, such as biographical data and voting habits of current members, and how members are rated by interest groups.

CQ Weekly (aka CQ Magazine) is a publication detailing and analyzing the activities of the U.S. Congress (articles tend to be short and to-the-point); searchable by topic.

Questions? Contact Lisa DiValentino, Law and Public Policy Librarian, at ldivalentino@library.umass.edu, or Laura Quilter, Copyright and Information Policy Librarian, at lquilter@library.umass.edu.

Happy Star Wars Day! May the Fourth be with you!

Check out our new themed video for the Science and Engineering Library.

Additionally, here are just a few of the Star Wars resources available at the UMass Amherst Libraries. Of course, if there's something you'd like that's not on this list, check out Discover Search and the Five College Catalog for Inter-Galactic Library Loan options.

The Movies

DVD:

Star Wars: The Original Trilogy

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

VHS:

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

 

The Music

The Star Wars Trilogy [Electronic Resource]: music from the original motion picture scores, John Williams

Star Wars: A Capella Strikes Back [CD]

8th Annual UMass Amherst Pops Gala [CD]

John Williams's Film Music: Jaws, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and the Return of the Classical Hollywood Music Style [Book] [Also available in E-Book]

The People

George Lucas:

Droidmaker: George Lucas and the Digital Revolution [Book]

George Lucas [Kanopy Streaming Video]

Carrie Fisher:

The Princess Diarist [Book]

Harrison Ford:

Harrison Ford: The Films [Book]

Behind-the-Scenes

Once Upon a Galaxy: A Journal of the Making of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back [Book]

Sword Fighting in the Star Wars Universe: Historical Origins, Styles, and Philosophy [Book]

Plastic Reality: Special Effects, Technology, and the Emergence of 1970s Blockbuster Aesthetics [Book] [Also available in E-Book]

Finding the Force of the Star Wars Franchise: Fans, Merchandise, & Critics [Book]

Kanopy is a leading distributor of educational videos, accessible through your UMass Amherst Libraries account: http://umass.kanopystreaming.com/. Major subjects covered include the arts, business and training, health sciences, media and communication, natural sciences, social sciences, and teacher education. Users can search, browse and stream videos.

From on campus there is no need to log on. From off campus you will be prompted for your NetID and Password. Access is limited to the UMass Amherst community with a valid NetID and password.

The Libraries have purchased institutional access to the New York Times Online. A UMass Amherst email account is required for login. Check out our guide for more information about creating an account and what's included in the subscription.