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Databases for Locating Journal Articles & Other Materials

Scholarly Journals


Focus your searches on articles from  scholarly journals. 

However, you may need to also consult newspapers and other periodicals that have not gone through this rigorous scholarly review, but qualify as being authoritative, such as The Economist or the New York Times.   If you have difficulty determining the validity of any source, please check with your professor or librarian.

Experiment with different subject and keyword terms:

Check dictionaries and reference sources such as Credo for synonyms. Look at the subject headings in the records of any books or articles you do find. Some databases have a Thesaurus of Subject finder in the top menu bar.

Use searching tools:

  • quotes glue a phrase together -  "human rights"
  • an asterisk is a wild card - agro* will find both agroindustry and agroecology

Refine your search if you get too many results - these options are usually on the left side of the database interface.

Find a good article? Use its references or bibliography to find more good articles.

ILLIAD - Interlibrary Loan

While Colby's journal holdings are robust, sometimes you will want to use Interlibrary Loan to obtain articles not owned by our library. 

Depending on the loaning library, ILLiad (interlibrary loan) requests can be received very quickly or take some time. Identifying articles and ordering as soon as possible is the best bet.

If you haven't already done so, sign up for an ILLiad account. From the Colby Libraries home page, click on My Accounts < My Illiad Account, and fill out the form.

Colby Libraries - signing up for ILLiad

Colby, for example, does not have recent years of the Journal of Peasant Studies. Articles can still  be obtained, however, by locating citations in the Scopus database and ordering through ILLiad. Click on Full Text for a desired article, and you may get a screen like this:

At the bottom of the screen, click on Request from another library (ILL) and submit the ILLiad form. The article will be e-mailed to you.

Can't find an article and need help?  Please ASK!

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