Our Getting Started Guide will get you going with your research and writing projects on the right foot.
Research & Writing
Getting Started with Research
You can get one-on-one help finding sources for your paper from our librarians. Our librarians are happy to get you started in the right direction or help you find more articles, books and information in library resources and on the Internet.
- Subject Guides
Our librarian-created research guides are one-stop shops for finding the best sources for your paper. You can find guides by course, specifically created for your class assignments, or by subject.
- How do I...
Library Specific how to guides.
Technology and Technical Help
Having trouble connecting to our resources from off-campus? Our Off-Campus Access addresses the most common issues with connecting.
- Library Tools
The Library offers tools for creating and maintaining bibliographies, browser plugins for research, wireless printing and more.
- USM Helpdesk
Find Books, Articles, DVDs and More
Search through the library's books, DVDs and articles from a variety of databases. OneSearch won't search through everything we have, so if you're doing in depth research, check our our Research Guides or Ask a Librarian for help!
- URSUS Library Catalog (Books and DVDs)
Our catalog will search through our books (including eBooks), DVDs, and journals (but not individual articles).
- Databases A-Z
Access to all of our databases by name or by subject.
- Journals, Magazines, Newspapers and Other Periodicals
Search to find periodicals by title or by subject. Please note, this will not find individual articles.
- Special Collections
Writing and Citing
- Tutorials & Citing Tools
Schedule an in person tutoring session on any USM Campus or an online tutoring appointment.
An online research management, writing and collaboration tool -- is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.