UMBrella Update: What Does It Do?

UMBrella Update

Healey Library is making steady progress toward launching UMBrella: Covering All Your Research Needs at the end of January 2018!

UMBrella is so much more than a new search tool. UMBrella will provide users with a one‐stop interface to search the majority of the Library’s wide range of intellectual property: books and e‐books, journal articles, streaming media, archival collections, and high-quality, scholarly Open Access materials. In addition to simplifying your research workflows, UMBrella will be responsive to mobile devices, will allow for natural language searching, and will provide extensive sorting and filtering options to help you quickly refine your results and locate the resources you need.

Additionally, UMBrella will function as a research management system, allowing you to keep track of your searches and the resources you find from a single interface. Signing in using your UMass Boston network ID and password will allow you to:

  • View items and resources available at UMass Boston as well as other institutions
  • Access your personal virtual bookshelf to save searches and resources, add labels, and view your search history
  • Renew books and other library resources
  • Export citations to a reference management system like Mendeley or Zotero

We think faculty, staff, and students alike will be pleasantly surprised by how easily and quickly you will be able to search for, discover, and manage Healey Library’s research resources from a single interface.

Healey Library welcomes your questions, comments, and concerns about UMBrella, directed to

One thought on “UMBrella Update: What Does It Do?”

  1. Thanks for keeping faculty and students’ research needs at the forefront. I will sign up for a workshop. I send particular appreciation to Iris and Tina! Happy New Year!

    Denise Patmon

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