Citation Trail Databases:
Note the type of publication an article is in.
* Scholarly journals are the primary conduit of academic research.
* Magazines can provide popular perspectives or alternative voices.
* Newspapers can offer the most current information.
Articles in scholarly journals, especially when PEER-REVIEWED are particularly important to academic research. They:
Look for options in databases to limit your results to articles in scholarly, peer-reviewed journals.
Find other digitized primary source material: Do a Google search for your topic or person and add these words and phrases:
For a more precise search, from the Google results, click on: Settings > Advanced Search
You can then narrow your search by entering .edu or .gov or .org in the Site or Domain box
OneSearch searches multiple resources at once. Use for very precise searches:
For best results, use limiters.
You can automatically access Colby Library resources on-campus, but off-campus access can be more tricky. Many resources will ask you to authenticate with your Colby ID and password, but this doesn't always work. For more reliable access, install VPN (Virtual Private Network) on your computer or device. This fools your device into thinking you're on campus! (You may also need to click on the VPN app icon every time you sign in.)
Instructions are on the Colby VPN webpage: http://www.colby.edu/its/virtual-private-network-vpn/