For even more resources, check out these Colby Library Guides:
Photo: Palenque (Mexico). Source: Brongaeh, Flickr.
Many databases allow you to check a box to narrow your results only to articles in academic journals, which are by and for scholars.
Scholarly or Academic journals...
Doing BOTH Keyword and Subject searches can help you find better results!
Use background reference materials to identify alternative keywords. Find additional keywords in the indexes of books and within articles.
Find one good item? Look at its item record to see if there are Subject Headings. Click on these links to find similar items. CBBcat uses Library of Congress Subject Headings. Unfortunately, these headings sometimes use outdated terminology, but once identified they can often provide much more precise search results than using keywords. Examples of LOC Subject Headings:
Searching shortened LOC headings (Inca instead of Inca Architecture), using Subject in the drop-down menu (instead of keyword), can take you inside the LOC Subject Tree. This can be a great way to browse and explore topics.
OneSearch: A discovery tool. Use OneSearch to find articles, books and other materials in one search. It is best used as a supplementary tool. Check CBBcat and appropriate databases first.
Photo: Costumed Figure Pendant, 1st–7th century, Tolima, Colombia. Source: The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1979, Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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