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Investigate this set of 1-MINUTE VIDEOS on how to use the Libraries' resources.
Use terminology and facts learned from the background information to search for articles in Academic Search Complete and other databases listed on the left
Search for books in any of Colby's catalogs, expanding your search with subject linking
Investigate the notes and bibliographies of every good source you find for leads to more
Think about what sorts of publications the information you need might be published in and then where to look for it.
Definition of terms?
Peer-reviewed report on the results of a new study?
An analytical argument on the validity of an approach, conclusion, or theory?
Keyword Searching --
Experiment with synonyms
Use asterisks to search for multiple word-forms at once:
= Bilingual, Bilingualism; lingu* = linguistic, linguistics, Bilingual*
Use quotation marks to search for a phrase:
Try searching the CBB catalog for
or Companion and your keyword. Like this: Handbook . Companion lingu*
Companions and handbooks can be very helpful in getting oriented to a new area of study.
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