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EN 256 American Literary History - Literature & Law: Research Resources

Spring 2018 (Quintana)

Find Journal Articles

Articles in scholarly journals 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

Look for a box in databases that will allow you to limit your results to scholarly or peer-reviewed journals

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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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. 

Search Tips

  1. Catalog and database searches are very literal; results only include items with the exact word(s) given.
  2. Use an asterisk to search all endings of a word: Cuba* = Cuba, Cuban, Cubans
  3. Use quotes to glue together a phrase: "Asian American"
  4. Put synonyms in parentheses with OR between each term: (race OR racism)
  5. As you find material, scan for alternative search terms in item records and references, and then try new searches.
  6. Start with a keyword search and look for subject heading links in item records. These group material by "aboutness."

LIBRARY RESOURCES: EN 256 The Making of Americans

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Primary Sources: Historical Newspapers & Magazines

Legislation and Court Decisions


Original Documents

Our Documents (National History Day, The National Archives and Records Administration, and USA Freedom Corps.)

Primary Documents in American History (Library of Congress)


Court Cases

Thomson Reuters Westlaw > Cases


California Propositions

California Ballot Propositions and Initiatives UC Hastings College of Law 


U.S. Laws & Regulations

  Congress Years Format Location Classification
Public Laws 93rd - Most Recent  1973- Online  
  100th - 1988- Online Congressional Publications  
U.S. Statutes at Large 82nd - 112th 1951-2011 Online FDsys  
  1st - 43rd 1789-1875 Online Library of Congress  
  1st - current 1789- Online  


Other Congressional Documents

Reference & Context

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Find Books & Media

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

Humanities Librarian

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Laine Thielstrom

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Email me your best dates/times to meet or stop by my office, Miller Library 107C.

Fall 2018 Office Hours:
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Wednesdays: 9-10:30am

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