If you are just starting your project and you don't know a lot about a subject, a book will help you become acquainted with the topic and give you more vocabulary to use when searching. Our library's new catalogue interface can sometimes be challenging to use, so if you don't think you are finding everything that you expect, don't hesitate to ask for help - either through online chat with the reference librarian on duty, by phone at 508-999-8678 or in person at the Reference Desk in the 1st floor Library Learning Commons.
If you are looking for a specific book, search the library catalogue by author or title or both. If you are looking by subject, try keyword. If a book looks promising, click on the "Details" tab. It will include the subject headings, which are clickable.
If an e-book is among your results, you will see a link to the full text. Click on the link and the book text will appear.
Don't forget to click on the tab at the top that says "UMassD Collections Only"
If you identify a book we do not own, you may request it through Interlibrary Loan.
A small collection of online books can be searched from wherever you are located: Safari includes texts from publishers of computer science books. The library has also purchased a number of books as e-books.
If you are doing advanced work and want to know what books have been published on your subject over time and all over the world, then you may search WorldCat - a listing that incorporates many, many library catalogues from all over the world into one. If you find books listed there that are not in the UMass Dartmouth collection, you may request them through interlibrary loan. Our staff will do their best to assist you.