Category Archives: Library Resources & Services

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: https://forms.office.com/r/dxVkm6FYJ7

Questions: Contact the Systems & Digital Services department at libsys@umassd.edu.

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

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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 https://www.nytimes.com, 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 @umassd.edu email address. To activate your account, go to www.accessnyt.com 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: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdfNEFWrtHijCt57qA6VBL4YG9LgmerWrJ3mDARTZBfh27NFw/viewform

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.

HeinOnline’s LGBTQ+ Rights Content Expanded

New content from the Williams Institute at UCLA has been added to the LGBTQ+ Rights collection available through the HeinOnline database. This database can be accessed through the A-Z database list on the Carney Library website.

“As the newest addition to HeinOnline’s Social Justice Suite, LGBTQ+ Rights is dedicated to charting the gay rights movement in America, showing the civil rights codified into law in the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as the inequalities that still exist today. Titles in this collection are grouped into subcollections focused on specific areas of society, examining issues from same-sex marriage to employment discrimination, military service, and more. 

A unique interactive piece within this collection is the Timeline charting the American gay rights movement from 1950 up to present day. Pulling in documents from HeinOnline, photographs from the Library of Congress, and YouTube videos, this timeline allows users to both visualize the progression of the gay rights movement as well as how HeinOnline documents connect to this overall historical narrative.” –HeinOnline LGBTQ+ Libguide

Welcome back from the Library!

Welcome back for the Spring Semester. We hope you enjoyed the break, and we are excited to have you back on campus!

Here are a few helpful library tips and reminders:

  • Research Help: Our subject librarians are here to help you find articles, books, and other resources for research projects/papers. Don’t be shy! You can email, chat, text, call, or stop by LIB-233 to connect with one of our librarians.
  • Student Study Rooms: You can reserve a group study room for you and your classmates.
  • Get Items from Other Libraries (ILL): If you need articles or books that the Carney Library doesn’t provide access to, request it through interlibrary library loan (ILL). Our ILL department can get you articles, books, and more from libraries across the country and around the world. The best part is there is no extra cost to you.
  • Equipment Loans: The library loans a variety of equipment including overnight laptops, TI-84 Plus calculators, whiteboard markers, and more. Stop by the 1st floor circulation desk to borrow items.
  • Digital Scholarship Hub (DiSH) Events: Register for free workshops on a variety of digital tools such as the upcoming one on RStudio and the Tidyverse, or add one of the “Research Power Hours” to your calendar.
  • Electronic Theses & Dissertations: You can browse and access many recent UMassD theses and dissertations online.
  • Hours: You can always find the library’s hours at https://schedule.lib.umassd.edu/hours/
  • Website: Our recently redesigned website includes information on many more resources.

If you have questions or would like to share feedback, please let us know.

ComCat is Back Online – Request Material Directly from MA Libraries

We are pleased to announce that UMass Dartmouth faculty, staff and students can once again borrow material through the Commonwealth Catalog (ComCat)!

Through ComCat, you can request books, dvds, and music from hundreds of libraries statewide. Most public libraries participate as do a few universities such as UMass Dartmouth, UMass Amherst, and Bridgewater State University. The catalog is a  great place to search for popular books, dvds, and music. Make a request and it will be delivered right to UMass Dartmouth for quick pickup.

Questions? Email libill@umassd.edu.