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Off Campus Access

From off campus



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  2. Then your password for that email address.

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Background Sources

Even if you think you know something about a topic, it's always a good idea to get some background info or an overview.

  • CQ Researcher
    contains hundreds of research reports on topics of social policy. Each report includes a chronology, charts, graphs, bibliography, & other overview materials. Browse reports or search by keyword.
  • Literature Resource Center (Gale)
    Find biographical and critical essays on major authors or literary themes. SEARCH by author name or title of the literary work.
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context
    Features continuously updated viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.
  • Science in Context
    Science in Context features authoritative information and detailed coverage of popular subjects. From earth science and life science, to space, technology, mathematics and science history and biography.

Search for Books & Articles

Better than Google. Your teacher won't make a face at these sources.

Quick hint: Put phrases in quotes. Use AND inbetween terms.

"toxic waste" and "environmental impact"

Discovery Search

Create Your Bibliography

Fill in the blanks to generate your citations.


Getting Help

Where to go for help:

Advising: Advising Center

Counseling: Counseling Services

Finding Information: Reference Desk @ each Library


                     Phone: 978-934-4554 O'Leary

                     Phone: 978-934-3213 Lydon

Getting on the UML Wireless: Get Connected

Tutoring: Drop in Tutoring

Using ISIS: Getting Started with ISIS


Quick Tips on Avoidning Plagiarism


Be able to identify books in your results


Be able to identify journal articles

Guides to Writing

  • Writer's Handbook
    Useful guide covering all aspects of the research and writing process.
  • Writing in College
    The guide is divided into 5 sections, including "Some crucial differences between high school & college writing," "Preparing to write and drafting the paper," & "Revising the introduction and conclusion." An important section here is: "But what if you get stuck? A good solution & terrible solution," which discusses, among other things, how to avoid plagiarism.

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