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What is the difference between peer-reviewed, trade, and popular journals/magazines?

Peer reviewed journals contain articles of quality scholarship. An author’s peers evaluate a manuscript and either recommend it for publication or reject it. They are sometimes referred to as “juried,” “academic,” or “scholarly.” They are printed on plain paper and are text oriented. Example: Journal of Mental Health
 
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?

There are many resources available to assist with writing your paper! VAWLT, the online writing center, is a great place to start. There are many writing resources and tips, guides, tutorials and more... Most importantly, don’t hesitate to ask VAWLT tutors for assistance. You can do this by clicking “VAWLT Help Request” in the top menu bar of the VAWLT Portal at https://mycampus.maine.edu/web/vawlt/home.

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?

If you take classes for consecutive semesters without a break, you do not need to apply for another library card. If you take a semester off, you will need to reapply. If you have your old card, we can put the number back on your record. You can give us the number by filling out our online Library Card Application form.

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.


Can I use my library card at all of the University of Maine System campuses?

Yes. The library card that is issued to you as a University of Maine System student, faculty, or staff member is valid at all of the University libraries on any campus.

Do you issue courtesy library cards for non-students or the general public?

Off-Campus Library Services does not issue courtesy cards. If you need a University of Maine System courtesy card, please visit the circulation desk at your nearest campus for borrowing privileges.

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.

  1. Go to the Off-Campus Library Services homepage
  2. From the Quick Links on the left-hand side, click on Mariner (Books, articles, and more)
  3. 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?

  1. Once you have found materials to request, click on the title of the item to see the complete description.
  2. At the top of the page Click “Request” by the red check.
  3. 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
  4. 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?

Books are mailed from the lending campus library to the Maine University Centers or ITV site where you are attending classes. Online students may select a University outreach center nearby as their pickup location. Out-of-state students see directions for receiving your material.

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:

  1. On hold for another patron
  2. Already overdue
  3. Has already been renewed

Please call Off-Campus Library Services at 1-800-339-7323 (Maine toll-free) or 1-888-479-4452 (National toll-free) for assistance.


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 return the books I have when I am taking classes at a University Center or Site?

Books should be returned to staff at the University College Center or site on or before the due date for shipment back to the lending library. Staff there will return the books for you. There is no charge for this service.

What is MaineCat?

MaineCat is a statewide catalogue that combines and links collections for most of Maine’s libraries. 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.

What are peer reviewed articles?

Peer reviewed articles are an indicator of quality scholarship. An author’s peers evaluate a manuscript and recommend rejection or publication. A peer-reviewed journal is sometimes referred to as “juried,” “academic” or “scholarly.”

When I find an article in a database and it says “full text” what do I do?

When you find a citation that has the words ” HTML full-text” or “PDF full-text,” you can print the article out by clicking on the link.
 
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?

You can view your library record from the URSUS library catalog. Click on “My Library Account.” Have your library card/barcode number or activated student ID number ready as you will be asked for the number to access your 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!


What are Article Linker and ILLiad?

Whenever you are searching in a database and the full text is not available in that database, look for the Article Linker icon:
 
Article Linker Button
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?

URSUS is a shared catalog of University of Maine System campuses, Bangor Public Library, Maine State Library, Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library and Maine State Archives. If materials are not available through the URSUS catalog you may request from MaineCat, a statewide catalogue that combines and links collections for most of Maine’s libraries. A single search in MaineCat scans more than 4.6 million unique titles and nearly 8.9 million items. MaineCat is linked on all URSUS webpages.
 
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.