Category Archives: Library Resources & Services

Now Available: Chicago Manual of Style Online

The Carney Library recently added a subscription to the Chicago Manual of Style Online: your guide to Chicago-style citation, grammar, and usage in an accessible online format. To access this resource, search the library catalog or visit the Chicago Manual of Style website.
   
The library is here to help you with all of your information needs, including citation help! Check out our website for more information or reach out to us with any questions.

APA PsycTests Database Trial

A trial of the database APA PsycTests® is now available through our library, enabling users to search thousands of research instruments and their psychometric properties.

There are more than 62,000 records in APA PsycTests. Searchers can limit by descriptive fields, including Methodology, Test Language and Factors/Subscales and find research instruments available as PDF downloads or multimedia files.

This trial will be available through June 30, 2024 and is accessible through our A-Z Databases List.

Please let us know what you think of this resource by contacting our Electronic Resources Librarian.

Limited Computer Access during New Student Orientation – June 2024

New Student Orientation will take place at the Claire T. Carney Library over several days in June. Please note that this will limit access to our public computers on the following days:

  • Thu. June 13
  • Mon. June 17
  • Thu. June 20
  • Fri. June 21
  • Tue. June 25
  • Wed. June 26
  • Fri. June 28

New students will have priority access to the library’s 1st floor and 2nd floor computers as part of their orientation. Due to high demand, computers may be completely unavailable to other users during this time. If you plan to visit the library during student orientation, you are welcome to bring your own laptop or mobile device. UMass Dartmouth students, faculty, and staff may also borrow laptops at the first floor circulation desk.

If you have any questions, please contact Library Administration.

Borrow a Free Mobile Hotspot

Use the Carney Library’s Franklin A50 5G hotspots to connect up to 15 devices using AT&T’s cellular network. The library provides unlimited data, and loan periods are for one week.

You can check availability for hotspots and other new/popular technologies on the library’s Technology Lending webpage. You can borrow a hotspot at the Carney Library’s 1st floor Circulation Desk.

If you have questions about borrowing a hotspot, please call 508-999-8750 or email libaccess@umassd.edu. Technical questions should be sent to libsys@umassd.edu.

One Click Access to Library Resources Using LibKey Nomad

LibKey Nomad makes accessing library resources a lot easier, especially when you start your research outside the library. LibKey Nomad is a browser extension that provides one-click access to full text library resources from websites such as PubMed, Wikipedia, and publisher pages. Check out the first minute of this short video for a brief overview:

The library has offered LibKey Nomad for individual download for a while. Starting Monday, February 26th, the library, in collaboration with CITS, will begin pushing the Chrome and Edge extensions to all university owned workstations. After the plugin is installed, if you run a search on a site like PubMed, or even look at citations in Wikipedia, you’ll see Third Iron generated links connecting researchers to library materials. You will also see links to LibKey links on many publisher sites, simplifying full text access.

Here are a few examples of how LibKey Nomad may appear:

Example #1: PubMed

Example #2: Wikipedia References

Screenshot showing libkey generated links in Wikipedia

Example #3: Publisher Websites

Screenshot showing libkey generated links on a publisher's page

In you want to install LibKey Nomad on your personal machine, you can do so at https://thirdiron.com/downloadnomad/#choose-browser. The extension does not require a login and it doesn’t collect any personally identifiable information.

If you have questions, please contact libsys@umassd.edu.

Now Available: Meeting OWL 3

The Meeting OWL 3 is a 360 degree camera, microphone, and speaker designed for hybrid meetings. It works with most video conferencing software, including Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

The Claire T. Carney Library has two Meeting OWL 3 devices for loan to UMass Dartmouth students, faculty, and staff.

Students: Stop by the library’s first floor circulation desk to borrow an OWL for up to 4 hours. You can use the OWL in conjunction with the display monitors in LIB-217 and LIB-311 to host hybrid meetings with classmates, companies, and more.

Faculty and Staff: You may reserve one of the OWLs up to two months in advance. The reservation period is for 3 days. The library is piloting the equipment reservation option with the hope that it will make the devices easier to use when hosting professional meetings. To reserve an OWL, call the circulation desk staff at 508-999-8750 or email them at libaccess@umassd.edu. Alternatively, you can reserve the OWL directly by going to the Primo record and clicking “Request.” (Note: You must be signed into Primo to request an item.)

Limited Computer Access during New Student Orientation – Jan 17th & 18th

New Student orientation will take place at the Claire T. Carney Library on the following days:

Transfer Session: January 17th
First-year Session: January 18th

Updated on Jan 16th: New students will have priority access to the library’s 1st floor and 2nd floor computers as part of their orientation. If you plan to visit the library during Student Orientation, you are welcome to bring your own laptop or mobile device. UMass Dartmouth students, faculty, and staff may also borrow laptops at the first floor circulation desk.

If you have any questions, please contact Library Administration.

STEM Electronic Resource Trials

The Claire T. Carney Library has initiated trial access to three STEM-focused electronic resources during the Fall semester. Access to these resources is provided through the library’s A-Z databases list. We encourage the campus community to explore these resources and provide feedback using our online form or by contacting a reference librarian. If you have questions or access problems, please contact our Electronic Resources Librarian, Sara Pike at spike1@umassd.edu

Visible Body (October 1-31) 

A complete set of visual and interactive reference and learning content for anatomy, physiology and life sciences. Includes web access to a vast library of 3D models, animations, diagnostic images and bite-sized learning modules as well as flashcards and interactive presentations.” To use Visible Body, individuals will need to create a personal account on the website. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact our Electronic Resources Librarian, Sara Pike.

Inspec (October 1 – November 30) 

Containing almost 16 million records across multidisciplinary and subject specific research including physics, engineering, communications and computing, Inspec is one of the most definitive abstract and indexing databases available. 

Knovel (October 1 – November 30) 

Knovel is an extensive, searchable online library of full-text content from many different publishers, including reference handbooks, conference proceedings and databases. Knovel also provides tools to bring this content into your workflow, with tables and graphs that allow users to manipulate, analyze, and export data—and an extensive unit conversion tool. 

Books too Dangerous to Read

Censorship of Library Books

There are many efforts to protect readers from encountering dangerous literature. One of the most commonly cited is the formal censorship of library books. This is when an authoritative body, whether a person or organization, actively removes a item from library circulation in order to restrict the dissemination of ideas, words, or images. The censors go beyond choosing not to read offending material and decide to restrict or eliminate other people’s access.

As this is Banned Books Week, it seems appropriate to highlight pressure put on libraries, authors, and publishers. While higher education libraries escape most traditional book censorship campaigns, our colleagues in public and school libraries are not as fortunate. In fact, the American Library Association (ALA)’s reports a record 1,269 attempted bans in 2022. Meanwhile, the ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom believes that vast majority of bans go unreported, indicating that these are only the tip of iceberg. 

Here’s a list of the top five most challenged books of 2022

  1. Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe
  2. All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson (request through ILL)
  3. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  4. Flamer by Mike Curato (request through ILL)
  5. (Tie) Looking for Alaska by John Green (request through ILL)
    (Tie) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky> (request through ILL)

Literary Withdrawal

University libraries account for a very, very small percentage of the formal censorship bans. However, literary withdrawal impacts university libraries as well as school and public libraries. It can even impact the availability and pricing of books available for sale. These actions are very difficult to track but can be insidiously effective. Ayad Akhtar, President of PEN America, wrote that his organization pays “close attention to the phenomenon of literary withdrawal, that is, when an author or publisher, invariably in response to online pressure, pulls a book from publication.” Activists pressure authors and publishers in hopes of stopping the publication of ideas and stories they believe are harmful. As noted by Pen America in their report, Booklash: Literary Freedom, Online Outrage, and the Language of Harm, “critics have argued that “problematic” books or authors deserve special censure from the literary world.”  PEN America identifies several of these titles in the report. If you’re interested in borrowing any of the ones that were published, you can request a copy through interlibrary loan.

While PEN examines works of fiction, fear and external pressure can also adversely impact the publication of non-fiction as well. Dr. James Flynn, renowned for the Flynn effect, lamented that Emerald Publishing concluded that his book on free speech was too risky to publish after having previously accepted it for publication. It was later released by an independent publisher, although it likely lacked the publicity, editorial support, etc. that prominent publisher like Emerald would have provided. The published version can be borrowed from the Carney Library

Learn More

Here are a few resources to check out if you’re interested in learning more:

Get Books, Articles, and More from Other Libraries

The Claire T. Carney Library offers access to hundreds of thousands of publications, but sometimes it doesn’t have the article, book, or chapter you need. In these situations, our interlibrary loan (ILL) staff have you covered. They offer a free ILL service to UMassD students, faculty, and staff in which they will request items on your behalf.

Students often ask how long it takes to receive an article or book chapter. Turnaround time varies from request to request. It’s largely dependent upon the loaning institution as we need to wait for the “loaning” institution to upload the article. That said, the average turnaround is about 2 business days. 

Do you need a book we don’t own? The same service can get you books from other libraries. Books can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to arrive, so please plan ahead. Please note that the interlibrary loan department cannot process requests for books sold in the campus bookstore.

On final note: It is okay to request material that you want to use for recreational reading and entertainment. You can request books by your favorite authors either using the form on the ILL page or directly from Massachusetts public libraries using a service called ComCat.

Questions: Contact our interlibrary loan staff at libill@umassd.edu.