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EN 115 Border Formations and Narratives of Nation Building: Resources

JanPlan 2018. Dr. Isabel Quintana Wulf

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Scholarly Journals

Scholarly journals...

  • report original research in a specific discipline
  • use in-text citations and bibliographies
  • typically contain peer-reviewed articles

Scholarly journals are particularly important to academic research.

Many databases allow you to check a box to narrow your results to only articles from these publications.

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These guides can provide more information:

Primary Sources - Data & Legal

Border Formations and Narratives of Nation Building

  Photo: Border Crossing by Ben W. (Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0)

Search Tips

REMEMBER: Most catalogs and databases are very literal. Searches only find items with the exact combination of letters entered. Keyword searches find words, not topics. A word in an item record does not necessarily indicate the overall subject of the item.

  1. Use an asterisk to search all endings of a word: immigra* = immigrant, immigrants, immigration
  2. Use quotes to glue together a phrase: "American dream"
  3. Put synonyms in parentheses with OR between each term: (teen* OR youth* OR adolescent*)
  4. Constantly look for alternative search terms in item records and references, then try new searches.
  5. Start with a keyword search and look for subject headings in item records. Keywords just look for any matching word. Subject headings find items primarily "about" those terms.

Sample LOC subject trees in CBBcat:

  • Assimilation (Sociology)
  • Biculturalism
  • Cultural assimilation
  • Emigration and immigration
  • Ethic neighborhoods
  • Identity
  • Immigrants
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Migration
  • Nationalism

Primary Sources - Newspapers & Magazines

  For other newspaper collections, see the Colby Libraries Newspaper Guide.

Primary Sources - Archival Collections

Find Other Digitized Primary Sources Using Your Search Engine

Add these words and phrases to your Internet searches:

  • archive* or museum or library
  • digital collection*
  • "digital library"
  • digitized
  • "oral histories" or "oral history"

Use Google Advanced Search. From your results page, click on: Settings > Advanced Search 
You can more fully customize your search terms or narrow your search by entering .edu or .gov or .org in the Site or Domain field.

Use Google Tools. From your results page, click on Tools. Any Time drop down can be changed to a Custom Date range. All Results drop down can be changed to a Verbatim search.

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