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.
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
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.
OneSearch searches multiple resources at once. Use for very precise searches:
For best results, use limiters.