What is the difference between peer-reviewed, trade, and popular journals/magazines?
Trade journals or publications report trends in a specialized field, industry news, and product information. The audience is researchers or professionals in the field. Articles are reviewed by editors and authors are authorities in the field. They are printed on glossy paper and are professional looking. Example: Occupational Outlook Quarterly
Popular magazines or journals are non-technical and serve to inform and entertain. The authors are generally non-credentialed. They are written for the general public. They are printed on glossy paper and are meant to be attractive and eye-catching. Example: Time
How do I write and cite my paper in proper format?
How do I get a library card?
For all students enrolled in classes off-campus, either online or at one of the University College centers or sites, you can obtain a card by submitting a Library Card Application. You may also live chat or email us from links on the left or phone 1.800.339.7323 (Maine toll-free) or 1.888.479.4452 (National toll-free).
You only need one University of Maine System library card.
Students taking classes on a University campus should obtain a student ID from their campus and have the barcode number (starting with 250…) activated for library access. This may be done in person at any campus library or by calling Off-Campus Library Services. You can also use our online Library Card Application to request that your student ID barcode number be activated on your library record.
Do I need to apply for a library card every semester?
I lost my library card. How do I get a new one?
You can fill in an online Library Card Application to request a replacement. Just make sure to check off the box that says you have lost your card and need a replacement.
You may also live chat or email us from the links on the left. Or call us at 1.800.339.7323 (Maine toll-free) or 1.888.479.4452 (National toll-free). We can give you a replacement card/library barcode number on the spot.
Where do I look for books?
URSUS is the book catalog of the University of Maine System libraries. Books can be ordered with your university library card and delivered to the UM System campus, center, or site where you are taking your classes or nationally if you are an out-of-state student.
- Go to the Off-Campus Library Services homepage
- From the Quick Links on the left-hand side, click on Mariner (Books, articles, and more)
- Search the URSUS box for books or click on URSUS in the Quick Links list.
How do I order or request a book in URSUS?
- Once you have found materials to request, click on the title of the item to see the complete description.
- At the top of the page Click “Request” by the red check.
- You will be prompted for;
— your name
— library barcode (14 digit number beginning with 250…no spaces)
— Campus, Center, or Site where you will pick-up the material. (ex. UC Bath/Brunswick, Out of State, Newport) from the drop-down menu
- Click “Submit.”
You will get a confirmation that says “Your request has been successful.”
Materials are checked out to you for 28 days and sent to the UMS Campus, University College Center, or University College site that you indicated when requesting. Delivery is usually in 3-5 business day. You are responsible for checking with the pick-up location to see if your materials have arrived.
Return materials to your pick-up location where they will be returned to the lending library for you at no charge.
Where do I pick up my books from URSUS?
I tried to renew my books online, but I couldn’t. What do I do now?
Can I renew my checked out items over the phone?
How do I return the books I have when I am taking classes at a University Center or Site?
What is MaineCat?
When I find an article in a database and it says “full text” what do I do?
For the PDF documents, you will need to have Adobe Reader (a free software) on your computer to see and print the article. You can obtain the free download at www.adobe.com.
How do I write and cite my paper in proper format?
There are many resources available to assist with writing your paper! VAWLT, the online writing center, is a great place to start. Click on the “Citation Guide” button and scroll down to “UMS Off Campus Library Services: Citation Guide.” Check out the tutorials, links to APA, Chicago/Turabian, CSE, MLA citation style guides, the Perdue OWL, and much more. Most importantly, don’t hesitate to ask VAWLT tutors for assistance. Check out The VAWLT!
What are Article Linker and ILLiad?
Click on the icon. If there is full-text available, either the article will load from another database or a link to the full text will be available.
If this message appears “Sorry, no full-text online content was found,” you can request the article through the “Submit an Interlibrary Loan request” link on the bottom of the page to access the ILLiad system.
ILLiad is the electronic system you use to request an article through Interlibrary Loan. A one-time ILLiad account setup is required. Turnaround time is usually 1-3 days but may take up longer. An email will be sent to you when the article is available electronically in your ILLiad account. There is no charge for this service
Can’t find the book you need in URSUS?
Through MaineCat, you can directly request books with your Off Campus Library Services library card or activated student ID card. Materials will be delivered to the University of Maine campus, University College Center, or University College site where you are taking your class, usually within 3-5 business days.