The UMGC Library serves to educate students, faculty, and staff in the use of library and information services, emphasizing the critical importance of information literacy knowledge and skills for success in today's information rich world. The office also develops and manages extensive online library resources and user-centered services for UMGC students, faculty, and staff worldwide.
The UMGC Library provides access to a rich collection of research materials on a variety of topics (e.g. business, social science, science, arts and humanities, and computer and information systems). Students can access an extensive array of subscription research databases containing tens of thousands of full-text articles, as well as thousands of electronic books, through the UMGC Library homepage or through the learning management system. UMGC Library OneSearch allows users to search for scholarly articles, books, and/or other research resources via a single search engine in most of the databases to which the UMGC Library subscribes, either directly or as additional resources. The UMGC Library has also created subject-specific resource guides to serve as a starting point for research. Each guide includes subject-relevant research databases, e-books, websites, and more.
While the UMGC Library cannot provide physical books to students outside the continental United States, all UMGC students may use DocumentExpress (available through the UMGC Library home page) to request that journal articles or book chapters not available online in full text be sent to them electronically.
At most military installations where UMGC Asia offers courses, the Army, Air Force, Navy or Marine Corps maintains a library, usually staffed by professional librarians. The combined holdings of the libraries, including several million books and audio-visual materials, are available to all UMGC students. Many libraries also have WiFi areas, computers with Internet connections as well as computers which connect to a selection of research databases available from inside the library only.
While a growing number of full-text e-books, journals and other research sources are available through the electronic library, local installation libraries remain a valuable source of books and other research materials for papers and projects. Students and faculty are encouraged to visit the local military installation library and learn what resources and services are offered. Below are links to library websites for a number of base libraries in the Asia region:
To help students gain the in-depth research skills needed to locate, evaluate, and use the rich research resources available to them, the UMGC Library offers library instruction within the learning management system. This instruction serves to complement and reinforce skills and information provided in Introduction to Research (1 Credit, LIBS 150) Introduction to Research. Faculty members may contact the UMGC Library to request a library instruction session.
Reference and research assistance is available through the library Web page under Ask a Librarian. For a complete list of library services, students should visit the UMGC Library online or call the UMGC Library at 240-684-2020 or 800-888-8682, ext. 2-2020, during regularly scheduled office hours.