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New to UMass    |    Enhancing Your Teaching    |    Enhancing Your Research    |    Enhancing Your Mentoring
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Enhancing Your Research

New faculty often spend valuable time in their early months and years trying to discover what resources exist to support their research and writing. Here, we provide a sampling of programs and services that will help you get a “jump start” on your research career. Please be sure to visit the websites of the following offices for complete listings and descriptions of the resources they offer.

Click on the headings below to view the information.


The UMass Amherst Libraries

The UMass Amherst Libraries are key partners in teaching, learning and research at UMass Amherst.   We collaborate with the UMass Amherst community to provide resources, services, and spaces that anticipate and respond to changing information needs. The UMass Amherst Libraries serve every constituency at three major locations, from the Humanities and Social Sciences divisions, to the Integrated Sciences and Engineering.

  • W.E.B. Du Bois Library is the main library on campus that serves faculty with interests in the social sciences and humanities. It also is the secondary holding place for materials of interest to faculty engaging in scholarship in the natural and physical sciences (including medical and health-related fields), geology and geography, and engineering. 

  • Science & Engineering Library is the main resource for faculty doing work in these areas. Here you can find relevant materials and librarians who specialize in research in engineering and the sciences to assist you. 

  • Image Collection Library serves as a primary resource for campus community members who require images for their teaching and research. The ICL staff maintains several image databases and can assist users in finding images needed for their teaching or research. The ICL produces images for faculty members and can digitize materials in certain circumstances. 

  • The Academic Liaison Program matches a liaison librarian to every department, program, school or college. Contact your liaison to learn about library resources and services relevant to your area of study and teaching needs.

  • The Department of Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) supports research on social change; innovation and entrepreneurship; the histories and cultures of New England; and the past, present, and future of the University of Massachusetts. Digitized collections can be accessed in the digital repository, Credo.  

  • You may wish to allow a student, such as a T.A., to check out materials on your own library account. To do this, you will need to apply for the “proxy” library card.

  • As a UMass Amherst faculty member, you can borrow material from any of the Five Colleges (Amherst, Hampshire, Smith, Mt. Holyoke, and UMass Amherst). You may use Interlibrary Loan services to borrow books, articles and other materials from any library beyond the Five Colleges at no charge

  • Are the UMass Amherst Libraries too far away? Are you too busy to come to the Library? UMass Amherst Libraries will deliver materials from the UMass Amherst library collections via Library Express. There is no charge for this service at this time. 

  • Digital Scholarship & Consultation Services (DSCS) in the University Libraries supports members of the UMass Amherst community in planning, creating, organizing, and/or preserving digital information.  DSCS consults on digital collections in support of instructional and research activities, answering questions, helping to strategize on projects, and outlining options to meet goals.

  • We encourage you to go to the central web page of the UMass Amherst library system for information on all of the services the system has to support your research and scholarship.  


The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development

The CTFD supports the research activities of faculty through grants and programming in the areas of mentoring, scholarly writing, tenure preparation, and professional development. In 2006-07, the CTFD began sponsoring two programs for early career faculty – one for editing scholarly writing (i.e., working with an editing coach to turn a dissertation into a book or series of articles), and another for effectively handling and organizing one’s workload (i.e., dealing with email, paper mail, files, etc. and sharing these best practices with other faculty). In addition, in 2007, the CTFD and the UMass Amherst Libraries created the Faculty Writing Place in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library – a comfortable, private, and fully wired space far from the office and home where faculty can concentrate on their scholarly writing or work in small groups with other faculty on shared writing projects. As part of the Faculty Writing Place initiative, we offer programs throughout the year to promote UMass faculty’s writing. Please see our Calendar for more details.


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