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University of Southern Maine
Libraries & Learning

Student Resources

Links to Library Services and Resources for Students.

USM Libraries are located on all three campuses, providing access to the best sources of information available and services to match. Walk in or contact us via Ask-A-Librarian.


tutor and students


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.

  • Sign into the MyUSM Portal
  • Under USM Quick Links, select USM Tutoring: Subject-Based or Writing
  • Complete a one-time short questionnaire to create your account
  • Make an appointment (Your username & password will be the same as mainestreet.)
  • Put your appointment in your calendar
  • If you need to cancel, go to your Account to cancel
  • Show up on time with your assignment and any needed book(s)

Library Resources

Start your research with Subject & Course Guides

Checkout our helpful Subject Guides and Course Guides for selected classes when you have a research assignment.

Finding Articles

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, journals
start with Academic Search Complete.
You can limit
your search to scholarly articles, full-text, & more.
Contact us or stop in, if you need assistance.

Finding Books

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: This is the request button. 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.

Interlibrary Loan

If you need an article that USM does not own or a book that's not available in Maine, create a free Interlibrary Loan account (ILLiad) and request that item. The link to the page below will explain how to do this.

Citing Sources Using MLA

Citing Sources Using Chicago