Articles in scholarly/academic journals, especially PEER-REVIEWED journals are particularly important to college research. They:
Look for options in databases to limit your results to articles in scholarly, peer-reviewed journals.
Use CBBcat (our Colby, Bates & Bowdoin library catalog) to find books, e-books and films (DVDs & streaming).
KEYWORD SEARCH - just words
Use quotes to glue together words in phrases, titles or an author's name: "oil spill"
An asterisk is a wild card that stands in for different endings of a word: ethic* = ethic, ethics, ethical
A search string includes a combination of elements: "environmental justice" AND (latin* OR hispanic)
Note that synonyms should be contained in parentheses separated by OR.
SUBJECT SEARCH - "aboutness"
Do a keyword search then look for Subject headings in item records. Subject headings can help you find books by subject matter, not just by the occurrence of words in item records.
Keyword search: Ecopoetry.
Click on the live links or do new searches with the terms listed. Subject headings can also be used to craft a better keyword search by identifying key terms.
GETTING YOUR ITEMS
Items at Colby: Look at both the location and the call number. Most literary works are on the 2 bottom floors of the Miller Library bookstacks. Items about the environment may be in the Olin Science library.
Books located at the Colby Storage Facility, Bates or Bowdoin: To order click
Enter your name and bar code number (omit beginning and ending letters) from your Student ID or Library Card. You will be notified by email when your request is available to pickup at the Miller Service Desk.
OneSearch searches multiple resources at once. Use for very precise searches:
For best results, use limiters: field drop-downs (Title, Publication Title), content type (articles, book chapters, book reviews), etc.
For topical searches, first consult CBBcat and individual databases.
Check the works cited, notes, references and bibliographies of every relevant article or book. You may discover a book or article perfect for your topic.
Hafley, James Robert, 1928 - The Glass Roof: Virigina Woolf as a Novelist. Berkely: University fo California Press, 1954. (link to bibliography)
One good source can lead to another!
Look for a Cited Work using:
Try these library DATABASES to find scholarly articles related to literature and film:
MLA International Bibliography is the main go-to database for literature. Try here first.
WARNING: JSTOR may not include recent issues of journals. Missing issues can go back as far as 5 years.
Articles not available in full-text? Request through ILLiad interlibrary loan.
Look for Request from ILLiad or Request from another library links in databases and Worldcat.
Access your account from the My Accounts tab on the Colby Libraries website.
Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities - A peer-reviewed journal from the University of Nebraska. Indexed in JSTOR.
Search multiple resources.
Carefully compose search strings.
Search for alternative keywords & subject headings.
Keep a research log.
Carefully evaluate all material.
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