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AR 256 African American Art: LIBRARY CATALOG & INTERLIBRARY BORROWING

Search strategies with keywords. CLASS EXAMPLE: Robert S. DuncansonSAMPLE KEYWORDS

Robert S. Duncanson's landscapes--19th century Hudson River School or an anti-slavery narrative?

Concept 1 Concept 2  Concept 3 Concept 4 Concept 5
Artist Genre Nation/Region Time Period Peer Artists
         
Artist's name landscape* America* 19th century Thomas Cole
"African-American" art* United States Abolition Bannister
Black* paint* Ohio Civil War Tanner
  Hudson River School Hudson River School    
    Canada    

WORLDCAT and BORROWING VIA INTERLIBRARY LOAN

WorldCat's powerful search engine will allow you to find a huge range of book resources to borrow that are not available through CBBcat.

Search for an item in libraries near you:
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Set up an ILLIAD account to borrow from another library outside of our local resources.

Google Books Search

Use Google Book Search to discover books addressing your topic (full-text keyword search).

Use CBBcat, NExpress or MaineCat to check out the books you want to explore further.

WHICH CATALOG DO I USE

in:


Advanced Search

   Use the CBBCat Catalog to:


 

  • Quickly find books, ebooks, primary sources, encyclopedias, videos, at Colby, and also at Bates and Bowdoin.
  • Find specific journal titles (online and print) here at Colby.
  • Request books from Bates and Bowdoin not owned by Colby.
  • Link through to NExpress or MaineCat to locate more titles and to request them from another library in Maine or New England.
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Use One Search (default search on the library home page)


  • When you don't know where else to begin, and want to scan what the library may have available on your topic.
  • When your topic is interdisciplinary, and you need a variety of perspectives
  • When you are searching on a very precise term or name, and are having trouble locating information in CBBcat.
  • To search across online newspapers, articles in journals, books and ebooks, Colby/CBB library catalogs, etc.
  • Discover MANY online, media and print resources from the Colby Libraries
  • Use the left hand frame to limit your results by subject, format, etc.
  • Link directly to full text when available

CONSTRUCTING SEARCHES

KEYWORD SEARCHING HINTS

1.  TO COMBINE LIKE TERMS TOGETHER: use OR

African American* OR Black* (Hint: use the * [asterisk symbol] to retrieve the root word, plurals, and spelling variations)

2.  TO COMBINE DIFFERENT CONCEPTS: use AND [NOTE: the catalog also performs this search implicitly, without the "AND"]

Civil War AND photograph*

3.  USE BOTH METHODS FOR A SMART SEARCH:

(visual OR art*) AND African American*

USEFUL SUBJECT HEADINGS USED FOR THIS TOPIC:

Try a subject heading search

  • African Americans in art
  • African American artists
  • African American arts
  • African American photographers
  • African American quilts
  • Black arts
  • Race in art
  • Johnson, Joshua Which catalog entry is our Joshua Johnson?

Broader genre and topics should be used to put artists in context

 

 

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