Collection Resources

    Research Resources

  • APA Handout: APA PDF or download APA Word to modify
  • Thanks to Annette Tanguay of York County Community College and Amber Tatnall, Library Director for permission to share.
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  • CREW Method Online: The CREW Method provides guidance to librarians and staff in small and medium sized public libraries about how to cull outdated and no longer useful materials from their collections. Developed by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
    • Weeding chart [PDF, 71 KB] This file requires the free Adobe Reader. This chart will help you as you move through weeding your collections. It focuses on specific Dewey Classifications with retention and replacement information.
  • Weeding eBooks by Alice Crosetto: As stated on Booklist Online...“Why would you weed an e-book?” might be best answered by, “Why not?” [Booklist Online, October 18, 2011]
  • New Home Books: A solution to the dilemma of what to do with discarded books and unwanted donations. This Portland-based business will sell your discarded books online and you get a percentage of net proceeds for all items sold. ¬†Anything not sold is donated or recycled.
  • Book Donation Programs - ALA's Fact Sheet on donating books to US and International libraries
  • Core Reference Collection: Selecting and using a a core-reference collection. Published by Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Library Development Division.
  • A Bare Bones Reference List For Small and Medium-Sized Public Libraries 2011: [PDF, 92 KB], A "Bare Bones Reference" collection offer Maine librarians, in small or medium public libraries, a starting point to assess their reference collections for breadth and depth; updated June 2011 Bare Bones.doc [Word, 204 KB]
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  • Borrow reference materials from the State Library! The State Library keeps in their circulating collection the most up to date reference volumes and sets like those from publishers of Facts of file, Oxford, Cambridge, Gale, Rutledge, ME Sharpe and others. These titles are available for your library to borrow.  Need more resources for your students on Civil Rights, Victorian Life, Award winning scientists, Religion or any other topic you might find an encyclopedia on?  Chances are we have it and you can borrow it.

    The State Library will make sure that the items get to you in time and stay with you as long as your students need them. The State Library's catalog is part of URSUS. You may request items directly or contact by email the reference staff at reference.desk@maine.gov or call 287-5608 to talk about what you need.