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HI 348 U.S. Environmental History: Resources

Find Articles

Note the type of publication an article is in.
* Scholarly journals are important sources in academic work.
* Magazines can provide popular perspectives or alternative voices.
* Newspapers can offer the most current information or be used as primary sources for a time and place.

Scholarly Journals

Articles in scholarly journals, especially when PEER-REVIEWED are particularly important to academic research. They:

  • provide in-depth analysis or report original research
  • use in-text citations and bibliographies
  • are written by and for scholars

Look for options in databases to limit your results to articles in scholarly, peer-reviewed journals.

Follow Citation Trails

Search the titles of good sources (both articles and books) in Google Scholar or Scopus. Look for the Cited by link to see who has cited that source after its publication.

Writing & Citation Help

Citation managers help you organize your research, collect citations & automatically create bibliographies.

Our Citation Software guide can help you decide which to use.


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. 

Photo:  Muir Woods Ocean View Trail by Miguel Vieira (Flickr CC BY 2.0)
Proclamation (pp 2-4) creating Muir Woods National Monument on January 9, 1908

Primary Sources: Historical Newspapers & Magazines

Primary Sources - Archival Collections

Find other digitized primary source material: Do a Google search for your topic or person and add these words and phrases:

  • "digital collections"
  • "digital library"
  • digitized
  • "oral histories" or "oral history"
  • papers (use in quotations with person's name, e.g. "John Muir Papers"

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

Search Tips

  1. Use an asterisk to search all endings of a word: ecolog* = ecology, ecological
  2. Use quotes to glue together a phrase: "Earth First"
  3. Put synonyms in parentheses with OR between each term: (preserv* OR conserv*)
  4. As you find material, scan for alternative search terms in item records and references, and then try new searches.
  5. Start with a keyword search and look for subject headings links in item records. Sample LOC subjects in CBBcat:
  • Conservation of natural resources -- United States -- History
  • Environmental degradation -- History
  • Environmental management -- United States
  • Environmental policy --  United States -- History
  • Environmental protection -- United States -- History
  • Environmentalism -- United States -- History
  • Global warming -- History
  • Pinchot, Gifford, 1865-1946 – Philosophy
  • Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862 -- Philosophy
  • United States. National Park Service

Need to use these resources off campus?

You can automatically access Colby Library resources on-campus. Off-campus, Colby licensed resources will ask you to authenticate with your Colby ID and password, but this doesn't always work.

For more reliable access, use Colby's VPN (Virtual Private Network). You can install the Pulse Secure app on your computer or device. Then just click on the Pulse Secure icon whenever you sign in. This fools your device into thinking you're on campus!

Instructions are on the Colby VPN webpage.



Find Books/Films in CBBcat

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E-BOOKS! PRINT BOOKS! FILMS! Search our library catalog.

For PRINT MATERIAL & PHYSICAL MEDIA, note the book location and call number. The stacks in Miller, Olin and Bixler are open to browsing. To order physical items from the Colby Annex, Bates or Bowdoin: Click on

For DIGITAL MATERIALS, look for a small circular red E in the icons to the left of your results. (E-books, streams, digital documents.)

Or use the drop-downs on the CBBcat search page, for a more precise search.

Items not available in CBBcat or MaineCat? Check WorldCat and order through ILLiad, our interlibrary loan service.

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