All three campuses provide in-person tutoring and online tutoring! Our tutors are top USM students who have undergone training and are nationally certified to tutor. You are allowed up to two tutoring appointments per week for each subject & three tutoring appointments per week for writing.
Whether you want to meet with a tutor regularly in a subject you find difficult, go to a tutoring session with a classmate, or meet with a tutor to go over material before a test, here's what you need to do.
Millions of free articles are available to USM students in our databases.
Click on the Databases link below. If you aren't sure where to begin,
start with Academic Search Complete.
You can limit your search to scholarly articles, full-text, & more.
Contact us or stop if you need assistance.
URSUS (UMaine System Libraries & more).
Start with the URSUS catalog when you are looking for books. If the book isn't at your USM campus, just request it from another USM campus or from another UMaine campus. To request a book from another campus click on the book's title & click on Request It. Then enter your name and barcode number (25022... or 218... on your USM ID Card) & select the campus where you want the book sent for pickup. You'll be notified by email when the book(s) arrives - typically within 3 business days. Return books to any of the three USM Libraries.
MaineCat (Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, & more) is where you go if the item you need is not available in URSUS. Once you have conducted a search and found the item you want, click on the book's title. Then click on Request this Item next to the red check mark: . Select your home campus library and fill in your name and Library barcode information. Return books to any of the USM Libraries.
If you can't find the book you need, check with Library staff who will help you locate & request a free copy.
USM Libraries have the official guides for the four major citation styles. Ask your professor which one you should use for your paper or project. The guides can only be used in the library, and can be found by asking at the main desk or at the help desk.
There are also some helpful guides online:
Citing a source is just a matter of finding a formula based on the type of source your using (book, website, journal article, etc.) and plugging in the information based that formula for the citation style. Most citations, regardless of style, ask for the same sorts of things (author, title, publication date, etc.) The order you put them in and the way you include them changes based on the style.
USM Professors may place items on reserve for you to access outside of class.
Electronic Reserves - Sign into MyUSM portal. Click on USM Quick Links. Click on USM Course Reserves (ARES). Find your courses and add them to your ARES main page. (Have your course number handy, e.g. ENG 102, BIO 101).
Physical Reserves - Go to the Library where the Professor has placed the item on reserve (Portland, Gorham, or LAC). You can check out the item, usually for 2 hours, for use in the Library.
Textbooks on Reserve - Check here to see if a textbook for your course (mostly 100 & 200 level) is on reserve and in which Library. Be sure to bring your USM ID to checkout a textbook on reserve. You may use the book for 2 hours in the Library.