Library FAQ

Find what you need in our searchable FAQ.

How do I find citations or full-text articles?

The library has an extensive collection of over 200 databases. These databases can serve as indexes for citations and abstracts, as well... ... read more


How do I read the call number on a book?

The Kathryn A. Martin Library uses the Library of Congress Classification System to organize our collections. The books are found on the... ... read more


How do I get off-campus access to electronic resources such as a database?

If you are a UMD student or a UMD staff or faculty member, you can connect to library databases through EZproxy or with VPN access. Find... ... read more


What's the difference between a scholarly journal and a magazine? 

SCHOLARLY JOURNALS POPULAR MAGAZINES Journal articles will always have bibliographies and end/footnotes. Articles may lack... ... read more


I need to make copies. Where are the photocopiers located?

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We have scanners that serve as photocopiers for digitization of magazines, images, notes, and articles. Once you have scanned your... ... read more


What is a peer-reviewed journal?

When an instructor requires students to find journal articles, he or she will usually expect articles from peer-reviewed journals. Peer... ... read more


Where are the books and periodicals stored in the library?

The Best Seller Collection is located on the first floor of the library. This collection contains popular and noteworthy fiction and... ... read more


Will I be fined for overdue, lost, or damaged interlibrary loan (ILL) materials?

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During the COVID-19 Closure: Due dates are pushed back, no new fines. This will be the case until the University resumes normal class... ... read more


I am a community member. How do I get a library card if I’m not affiliated with UMD?

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Community users who live within 100 miles of UMD can apply for a courtesy card at the Circulation desk. Please bring a government-issued... ... read more


How do I find a book in the library?

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You can find a book by searching the Library Catalog. The search box for the library is located on the Library home page. Click on the... ... read more


How do I borrow materials from other libraries?

Get It is a service where UMD students, faculty, and staff can ask for delivery of materials from UMN System Libraries. Log into our... ... read more


How will I be notified about my interlibrary loan (ILL) request?

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When your articles are posted, you will be notified by email. If an article cannot be posted to the server,  we email it to the address... ... read more


What is a citation, and what can I do with one?

You can also view "Cite Your Sources" A citation is a crucial part of finding articles in databases and requesting them through... ... read more


How do I cite a book, CD, website, or journal article?

When you read an article/book/website and use the author's words or ideas in your paper, you must give the author credit in the form of... ... read more


What can I request through interlibrary loan (ILL)?

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Types of materials available through interlibrary loan include books, journal articles, dissertations, and government publications. It... ... read more


Where are the magazines and journals located?

Physical copies of magazines and periodicals are stored in the Library Annex. (See maps). Issues are organized alphabetically and by... ... read more


How much does interlibrary loan (ILL) cost?

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Most materials are available without charge to the patron. The library pays up to $35 in addition to shipping and copyright fees to... ... read more


How do I report technical or computer problems?

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A good first step for technical problems is to consult the ITSS computer consultant at the first-floor service desk in the library... ... read more


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