Category Archives: Library Resources & Services

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

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

Digital Display Monitors Now Available in LIB-217 & LIB-311

New this semester: The Claire T. Carney Library offers display monitors in two student group study rooms: LIB-217 & LIB-311. These rooms are intended to support students looking to practice presentations, collaborate on documents, review course materials, and complete other group work. The rooms are equipped with HDMI cables and remotes.

If you need an HDMI adaptor or batteries for the remote, please visit the 1st floor Circulation Desk.

We’d love to get your feedback. After you use the room, please share your thoughts with us by completing a brief online survey:

Questions: Contact the Systems & Digital Services department at

Access Over 2,500 Books Online Through MIT Press Direct to Open

Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash

The Claire T. Carney Library has joined more than 250 libraries participating in MIT Press’s new Direct to Open initiative. This publishing model will help to fund the publication of nearly 90 open access books per year. Open Access (OA) is a set of practices and principles that allows publications to be shared online without cost to the reader or other access barriers. This effort supports equitable access to scholarly material and enables authors to publish open access without additional fees and regardless of their institutional funding.

As an added benefit for participation, our campus has access to an archive of over 2,500 titles that would otherwise be gated. These titles cover a variety of disciplines such as psychology, artificial intelligence, graphic design, neuroscience, and more. Browse the collection and gain full access to download or read these books online.

Limited Computer Access during New Student Orientation

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

First-year Session I: June 15 – June 16
Transfer Session: June 20
First-year Session II: June 22 – June 23
First-year Session III: June 26 – 27
First-year Session IV: June 29 – 30

New students will have priority access to library computers as part of their orientation. If you plan to visit the library during Student Orientation, please be aware that Carney Library staff may not have a computer for you to use. That said, the library will remain open to the public and you are welcome to bring your own laptop or mobile device. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you have any questions, please contact Library Administration.

Academic Video Online Trial Now Active

The library has activated a trial to the streaming video service “Academic Video Online” through Proquest/Clarivate. This trial will be active until May 31, 2023

Academic Video Online is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary video subscription that supports the entire range of curriculum, from anthropology to zoology. It includes a variety of video material available with curricular relevance: documentaries, interviews, feature films, performances, news programs and newsreels, and demonstrations.

Access the trial through ProQuest Trials.

If you have any questions, contact our Electronic Resources Librarian.

New York Times access now available

Access to the current and historical New York Times (1851-present) is now available through the library from, no longer through ProQuest. This change provides readers with real-time access to articles and content that was missing from the ProQuest database.

Students, faculty, and staff must register for an account using an email address. To activate your account, go to and follow the prompts. For full instructions, see this video. Once created, you can also use your account to access content through the NYT app.

If you need assistance or more information, please contact the Electronic Resources Librarian. We are happy to help!

Webinar: The US COVID-19 County Policy Database: A novel resource to support pandemic-related research

Did you know that the Carney Library’s subscription to the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) also provides access to free informational webinars?

Join ICPSR for a webinar with Dr. Rita Hamad, where she will discuss the U.S. COVID-19 County Policy (UCCP) Database, a NIH- and PCORI-funded project. The database aims to systematically gather, characterize, and assess variation in U.S. county-level COVID-19-related policies. The study recognizes that policies have played a critical role in both alleviating and exacerbating the health and economic consequences of the pandemic. While prior research has focused on federal and state policies, there has been limited systematic evaluation of variation in U.S. local (i.e., county) COVID-19-related policies. Dr. Hamad will describe the data collection methods and some preliminary results. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the UCCP database and its potential impact on COVID-19 research.

Date: March 23, 2023 at 3 p.m. EDT

Register here:

Questions? Contact our Electronic Resources Librarian.

Open Education Week 2023

It’s Spring Break, and this week (March 6-10) is also the observance of Open Education, an innovative and effective approach to teaching and learning. Open Education is the practice of incorporating tools and materials that are free of financial and technical barriers in the classroom. These resources can be shared and adapted in the digital environment. Examples include free, openly licensed textbooks from Openstax or OER Commons. Here are a few ways you can explore Open Education and get involved in OER this week and beyond:

  • Panel Discussion: Using Open Educational Resources – Thursday, March 9th, 3pm – 4:30pm
    MA Department of Higher Ed and MASSPIRG will partner on this virtual event to celebrate Open Education Week. Reach out to our UMD MASSPIRG Campus organizer by email for the link to join: UMass Dartmouth – MASSPIRG Students
  • Nominate a Faculty Member for the OER Olympics! – Do you know a faculty member who uses free materials in the classroom? All currently-enrolled undergraduate students, faculty, staff, and administrators at Massachusetts state colleges and universities can nominate Massachusetts public higher education employees who have had a compelling, positive impact on open educational resources (OER) either within or outside of their institution.

For questions about the hub in OER Commons or about Open Educational Resources (OER) more generally, please contact our Scholarly Communication Librarian.