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EN 115 Models of Voice: Spring 2017

English Composition. Instructor: Stubbs

Find Articles

Use databases to find articles.

Articles in scholarly journals are part of a scholarly conversation.

Scholarly journals...

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

In databases, look for: 

Background Information


  • OneSearch is a discovery tool.
  • It searches multiple resources at once.
  • Use only for very precise searches, such as finding:
  • a specific article
  • book reviews of a specific title
  • book chapters on lesser-known people or narrow topics
  • Use limiters!  E.g. content type (journal articles, scholarly material, book chapters, book reviews)


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Search Tips


  • Experiment with synonyms and related terms
  • Use an asterisk to stand in for different word endings: narrat* = narrate, narrates, narrative, narrator, etc.
  • Use quotation marks to "glue together" a phrase: "stream of consciousness"
  • Use AND between terms to narrow results to items containing both terms: Didion AND place
  • Using OR between items (within parenthesis) widens results to items containing any one term: (death OR dying)



Find one good item? Look at its item record to see if there are Subject Terms. These group material by together by topic which can yield more precise results. Authors can also be Subject Searches. Put the author's last name first.

Searching by subject in CBBcat can lead to a further list of sub-divisions. These can be helpful in focusing your research.



Check the notes, references and bibliographies of every relevant article or book. You may discover a book or article perfect for your topic. One good source can lead to another!

MLA Citation Help

Older editions of the MLA handbook are also available. However, there were significant changes in the 2016 edition listed above. OWL uses the 2016 edition. 

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Find Books

SEARCH our library catalog for books and media.

First drop down: Search by Keyword, Title, Author (last name first) or Subject.

Second drop down: Search the entire CBB Collection or limit by item type or location.

To order items from Colby Storage, Bates or Bowdoin, click on:

Good Research Takes Time

Keep a research log

Experiment with search terms

Check multiple resources

Carefully evaluate all materials

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