USM Libraries

Research & Writing

Getting Started with Research

Our Getting Started Guide will get you going with your research and writing projects on the right foot.

Research Help


  • Ask-A-Librarian
    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

  • Troubleshooting
    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

Writing and Citing

  • Tutorials & Citing Tools

  • AskOnline
    Schedule an in person tutoring session on any USM Campus or an online tutoring appointment.
  • RefWorks
    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.