November 6, 2018
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:
Asian and Pacific Languages: 888-API-VOTE
American Sign Language: 301-818-VOTE
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.
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Star Wars at the UMass Amherst Libraries
Happy Star Wars Day! May the Fourth be with you!
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.
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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, 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: https://goo.gl/forms/bwlpEkvRgurYoorL2! (UMass NetID required for login.) If you have questions, contact Lisa di Valentino, Law and Public Policy Librarian.Read more »
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.Read more »
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.Read more »
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).Read more »
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.
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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).Read more »