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Databases can include:
Look for ways to limit your results.
Google Scholar can be a great way to find scholarly articles, but be sure to also search Colby databases directly.
"Cited By" feature allows you to see has cited a book or article. More relevant sources!
If you're on campus or off-campus using VPN, there can be links to full-text articles within Colby databases.
Some authors have Google Scholar profiles.
Clicking on this symbol in Google Scholar, gets you a citation (but always check it).
Its collection of articles is limited, and it's not transparent what is and isn't included.
Like all web-based searches, evaluate the sources carefully. Investigate authors and publications separately.
Scholarly articles and books are particularly important to college research. They:
Search for scholarly articles in Colby databases, and look for options to limit your results to scholarly, peer-reviewed journals.
To identify scholarly books, look at the publisher, author, extent and quality of references, writing style and arguments presented. Who is the intended audience? How current is the material?
Owl, Vagmark at the Zoo, Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Use search results to identify Subject Terms. These links group material together by topic which can yield additional results.
Explore subject sub-headings. These can be helpful in topic exploration.
Check the notes, references and bibliographies of every relevant article or book. One good source can lead to another!
OneSearch searches multiple resources.
Use only for very precise searches
For topical searches, first consult CBBcat and subject area databases!
Databases and books are the best places to find scholarly material, but other great sources may be found on the open Web. Here are some tips for successful searching:
Search precisely - Add words and phrases that help to focus your search (e.g. "digital collections" to find primary sources). Experiment with alternative terms and phrasing. Scan reliable sources to find names of respected online publications and blogs and include those names in your search.
Use "Advanced Search" - On your Google search results page, click on Settings. The "Site or Domain" field can be useful in limiting your results to government information (.gov) or items created at educational institutions (.edu). Use the "Find Pages With" search boxes to finesse your search.
Use "Tools" - On your Google search results page, click on Tools > All Results > Verbatim. This can help focus your results. Limiting by date can get you items with greater currency.
Evaluate Extremely Carefully! - Investigate every source by doing separate searches of source creators, authors and publications. With whom are you talking? What are their values and motivations? Are they getting their information from reliable sources and interpreting evidence fairly and intelligently? Who is the intended audience?
Know the Limitations of Web Searching - Most scholarly articles are either not found by search engines or are behind paywalls. Information is sorted and ranked according to commercial/consumer/popular considerations. Information is not vetted for accuracy or reliability
SEARCH our library catalog
CBBcat includes both scholarly books and books intended for a general audience.
To order items from the Colby Annex, Bates or Bowdoin, click
Want to see if Colby has access to a particular magazine or journal? On the Colby Libraries home page click on the "Journals and Articles" tab.
Once the orange bar has moved down, enter the publication's name in the search box.