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WP 115 Food for Thought: Spring 2017

Frequent practice in expository writing to foster clarity of organization and expression in the development of ideas.

FIND ARTICLES

Look for articles in scholarly journals. These are particularly important to academic research.

Scholarly journals...

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

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

Good Research Takes Time

Keep a research log & document every search.

Explore a variety of search terms.

Check multiple resources.

Carefully evaluate all materials.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT LIBRARY COURSE GUIDE

Image: Penne Pasta with Kale & Sun-Dried Tomatoes by Jennifer

SEARCHING TIPS

KEYWORD SEARCH

  • Experiment with synonyms and related terms
  • Use an asterisk to stand in for different word endings:  critic* = criticism, critic, critics, critical)
  • Use quotation marks to "glue together" a phrase: "food additives"
  • Use AND between terms to narrow results to items containing both terms: restaurant AND critic*
  • Using OR between items (within parentheses) widens results to items containing any one term:  (locavore* OR localvore* OR "local food movement")

 

AUTHOR SEARCH

To find items by authors, do an Author Search (last name, first name).

 

SUBJECT SEARCH

To find items about authors, do a Subject Search of the author's name (last name, first name). Some authors will have additonal sub-divisions:  Mcphee John 1931 - Childhood And Youth

Look at item records to find other Subject Terms. These group material by together by topic which can yield more precise results.

Examples of food-related Library of Congress Subject Headings (used in CBBCat):

 

SEARCHING FOR LITERARY CRITICISM IN CBBcat

Keyword Search: "author's name" AND critic* ("Chang-Rae Lee"AND critic*)

Subject Search: "author's last name, first name" (eg. Patchett, Ann)
Some authors have a criticism sub-division: Whitehead, Colson 1969 Criticism and interpretation

Doing BOTH Keyword and Subject searches can help you find better results!

OneSearch

OneSearch searches multiple resources at once. Use for very precise searches:

  • Finding a specific article
  • Finding book chapters on a writer or an artistic work
  • Finding book reviews

For best results, use limiters. 

Find Books & Media

SEARCH our library catalog - the Entire CBB Collection or just Colby.

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Other Catalogs:

Materials not available at Colby or our partner institutions can often be obtained through ILLiad, our interlibrary loan service.

Course Librarian

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Laine Thielstrom
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