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Election Day Resources 2018

November 6, 2018

Election Day Resources

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, or Laura Quilter, Copyright and Information Policy Librarian, at

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Stream Movies with Kanopy!


Stream over 6,000 videos from the world's leading producers with Kanopy: a database designed to support university teaching and research.

Available on campus to all, or off-campus to UMass Amherst students, staff and faculty with an UMass Amherst IT NetID (user name) and password.

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These are the Resources You're Looking For

Star Wars at the UMass Amherst Libraries

Library Star Background

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


Star Wars: The Original Trilogy

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith


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]



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]


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World Politics Review on Trial

World Politics Review provides news and analysis about events and issues around the world. You can search or browse by author, region or issue. Read about India as a green energy leader, governance of the polar regions, and much more.

The Libraries have a trial for this resource through June 30th, 2018. Please share your feedback about it (UMass NetID required for login). Lisa di Valentino, Law and Public Policy Librarian, is your contact for questions or more information.


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Law360 on Trial

Law360, a collection of information about legal cases and firms with expert analysis of current legal issues, is on trial through April 17th, 2018. Please let us know your thoughts about this resource:! (UMass NetID required for login.) If you have questions, contact Lisa di Valentino, Law and Public Policy Librarian.

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My Library Account

My Library Account

In response to user feedback, the UMass Amherst Libraries are pleased to announce the deployment of My Library Account, a new website feature designed for the campus community to streamline and integrate borrowing, access to course materials, and interactive online content. The feature is currently available in beta throughout the remainder of the Spring 2018 semester and the summer, deploying in full for Fall 2018.

Designed by Ian Walls, UMass Amherst’s Web Services and Emerging Technologies Librarian, My Library Account offers an improved, “one-stop shop” interface where users can access a unified list of their borrowed items, including all requests and interlibrary loans. The lists are sorted by date; overdue items appear at the top and can be renewed directly from the page, if eligible. Additionally, My Library Account will connect with UMass Amherst courses, giving students and instructors easy access to the complete list of their library-provided course materials.

As part of the release of this feature, the Libraries debut the first generation of a series of “Easter Eggs”: hidden content throughout the Libraries website that reveal virtual badges trackable through each user’s My Library Account page. An Early Adopter Badge is exclusively available to users who create an account during the program’s beta phase, which provides clues to the locations of the other first-generation Eggs.

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Access World News on Trial


Access World News from NewsBank is a full content collection of over 5,400 local, regional, national and international news sources. Audio, video, blogs, magazines, newspapers and more are covered. You can search or browse by topic or by source and further limit by medium.

The trial goes through August 31st, 2018. Please share your feedback (UMass NetID required for login) on this resource.

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Digitalia Hispanica on Trial

Digitalia Hispanica is an online collection of Spanish language books and journals covering many subjects. You can search or browse e-journals, e-books or e-collections by subjects from cinema studies to law, medicine, economics and business and many others. You can also sort by publishers, including Alianza Editorial, Cuarto Propio, Eudeba and dozens of others.

The trial goes through March 10th, 2018. Please give us your feedback (UMass NetID required).

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Connect with Hundreds of Libraries Across Massachusetts

ComCat CMS

What is the Commonwealth Catalog?

The Commonwealth Catalog, or ComCat, is a service that connects hundreds of libraries across the State of Massachusetts, providing patrons with access to resources outside of their home library or network.

What kinds of materials can I borrow from the Commonwealth Catalog?

A wide range of materials including books, audiobooks, and DVDs can be borrowed through the Commonwealth Catalog. This is especially useful here at UMass Amherst because it provides access to materials not typically found in academic libraries, such as popular fiction and film titles.

Who can use the Commonwealth Catalog?

The service is available to all Massachusetts patrons whose home library is a member of the Commonwealth Catalog.

The UMass Amherst Libraries have been part of ComCat since 2015, and the service is available to all UMass Amherst Libraries account holders. Additionally, any UMass Amherst alumni residing in Massachusetts with a public library account can use ComCat to access the university’s collections through their own local libraries.

How do I access the Commonwealth Catalog?

You can access the Commonwealth Catalog from the UMass Amherst Libraries homepage, using the “Search the Library” dropdown menu to select Commonwealth Catalog

You can also visit ComCat directly.

In both cases, your UMass Libraries barcode serves as your ComCat login.

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Bloomsbury Food Library

On Trial

Bloomsbury Food Library includes reference works such as Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia, Cambridge World History of Food, Cultural History of Food, and parts of Food History: Critical and Primary Sources, in addition to e-books, images, maps, recipes, lesson plans, and more. You can find contents of this interdisciplinary collection through search or browse by topic, place, period discipline or format type.

The trial goes through January 26th, 2018. Please share with us your feedback about this resource (UMass NetID required for login).

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