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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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Commonwealth Catalog: Fast Facts

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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?

To access the Commonwealth Catalog, go to the UMass Amherst Libraries homepage and use the “Search the Library” dropdown menu to select Commonwealth Catalog. 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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These are the Resources You're Looking For

Star Wars at the UMass Amherst Libraries

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Looking to celebrate this week's release of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi? Here are just a few of the 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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Shoah Visual History Archive on Trial

The Shoah Visual History Archive contains over 50,000 testimonies of survivors and witnesses of genocides and crimes against humanity, from the Holocaust to the Armenian, Rwandan, Cambodian and Guatemalan genocides. You can search for people or places, or browse through specific collections. The collections of audio-visual archives are curated and maintained by the USC Shoah Foundation.

The trial goes through December 5th, 2017. You must register for a username and password to access the collections. Please share your feedback with us (UMass NetID required for login.)

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3 Handbooks from World Scientific on Trial

Gels, Nanobiomedical Research and Green Materials

The Libraries have these three handbooks from World Scientific Publishing on trial through October 20th, 2017:

  • Gels HandbookThree volumes explore significant development of hydrogels from characterization and applications. Please share your feedback (NetID required for login).
  • Handbook of Green Materials4 volumes covering materials science and engineering, composite materials, chemical engineering, bioengineering, materials physics, biobased nanomaterials, bionanocomposites, self- and direct-assembled nanostructures and green composite materials. Please share your feedback (UMass NetID required).
  • Handbook of Nanobiomedical Research4 volumes containing covering the major aspects of nanomedicine: materials for nanomedicine, application of nanomedicine in therapy of various diseases, use of nanomedicines for diagnostic purposes, technology of nanomedicines, and new trends in nanobiomedical research. Please share your feedback (UMass NetID required).
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Trial for ARTECA

Linking arts, sciences and technology

The Libraries have a trial for ARTECA, a database offered by MIT Press covering the interdisciplinary space between the arts, sciences and technology. Contents include over 175 books, 3 journals, podcasts and videos. The trial goes through November 19th, 2017. Please give us your feedback (UMass NetID required for login) on this resource.

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Gallup Analytics

On Trial

Gallup Analytics provides tools and analytics for U.S. and global data on business and economics, education and families, food and shelter, health and well-being, government and politics, and much more. U.S. data goes back to 1930's and data from 160+ countries goes back to 2005. The Libraries have a trial for this resource through September 30th, 2017. Please share with us your feedback (UMass NetID required for login). 

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60 Minutes: 1997-2015

Recent Acquisition

60 Minutes

The Libraries has purchased an archive of news segments from the CBS program, 60 Minutes, including news pieces, cultural features and newsmaker profiles from Sunday Morning. Offered on the Alexander Street Press platform, you can browse the collection by people, subjects, titles, reporters, historical events, etc., or search by these and many other attributes. 

If you'd like assistance with this new resource, contact us!

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