What are the differences 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 generally 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 Magazine
Where can I find "articles" for research?
- OneSearch will search for articles, books, eBooks, and other library materials. Use the left side menu to refine your search by a number of different options.
- Explore library databases through the Find Articles link on the UMA Libraries' Popular Resources section. Here you will see an alphabetical list of all library databases. You can sort databases by subject, then enter databases individually to search for articles relevant to your research topic.
Where do I look for books?
URSUS is the catalog of the University of Maine System libraries, Maine State Library, Maine Law & Legislative Library, and the Bangor Public Library. Use keyword, title, and author searches to look for books.
MaineCat is the catalog of most of Maine's public libraries and Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin colleges.
If you are off campus, you can use your university library card to request books online. These books can be delivered to any UM System campus, center, or site where you are taking your classes, or nationally if you are an out-of-state student.
What is MaineCat?
MaineCat is a statewide catalogue that combines and links collections for most of Maine’s public libraries, Colby College, Bates College, and Bowdoin College.
You can request materials outside of the University of Maine system with your University library card from the MaineCat libraries. They will be delivered to the University of Maine campus, center, or site where you are taking your class.
I tried to renew my books online, but I couldn’t. What do I do now?
Some of the reasons that material cannot be renewed are:
- On hold for another patron
- Already overdue
- Has already been renewed
Please call the circuation desk at Katz Library (207-621-3349) or Nottage Library (207-262-7900) for help.
Can I renew my checked out items over the phone?
Absolutely! We can renew books that you have from any of the URSUS or MaineCat libraries. There is a one-time 2 week renewal on materials with the exception of materials on a waiting list.
Call 1.800.339.7323 (Maine toll-free) or 1.888.479.4452 (National toll-free) or live chat or email us from the links on the left.
How do I get a library card?
- For all students enrolled in classes on UMA campuses in Bangor or Augusta, your student ID is your library card. To activate your library card barcode, visit the library circulation desk or call the library: 207-621-3349 (Augusta) or 207-262-7900 (Bangor).
- If you take classes off-campus - either online or at one of the University College centers or sites - you can obtain a library 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).
What is Article Linker?
- Whenever you are searching in a database and the full text is not available in that database, look for the Article Linker icon:
- 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 “Request Article” link on the bottom of the page. This will re-direct you to the UMA Libraries' interlibrary loan service, Tipasa - OCLC.
- Tipasa - OCLC is the electronic system you use to request an article through Interlibrary Loan. A one-time OCLC 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 to you. There is no charge for this service.
How do I write and cite my paper in proper format?
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.
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?
How do I return the books I have when I am taking classes at a University Center or Site?
What are peer reviewed articles?
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 view my library record?
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!