MAGAZINES can provide popular perspectives or alternative voices.
NEWSPAPERS can offer the most current information or show attitudes and feelings of a certain time.
Want to see if Colby has a subscription 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.
Note that Colby also has arrangements with the NEW YORK TIMES and the WALL STREET JOURNAL that enable Colby students to have their own FREE digital subscriptions to those publications. Sign up HERE.
OneSearch should only be used for very precise searches, such as:
Use limiters! E.g. journal articles, scholarly material, book chapters, book reviews
It's usually NOT good for searching broad topics. Instead use CBBcat or recommended databases.
SCHOLARLY/ACADEMIC JOURNALS are made by and for scholars. Articles in peer-reviewed journals are particularly important. Some of your professors may require these sources in assignments.
Look for options in databases to limit your results to these types of articles.
Find an item of interest using a keyword search? Look at its item record to identify SUBJECT TERMS These links group material together by topic which can yield more precise results. Sample subject headings:
Note that searching a broad subject in CBBcat can lead to a further list of sub-divisions. These can be helpful in focusing your research.
Check the notes, references and bibliographies of every relevant article or book. You may discover more books and articles of interest.
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DO NOT USE TO FIND SCHOLARLY ARTICLES - Use library databases. However, Google, used carefully, can work wonderfully in discovering contemporary writing, alternative voices, the work of community organizations, and digital collections at archives, museums and academic institutions.
SEARCH PRECISELY - Beware of common words or words that have multiple meanings. Specify as much as possible, but also explore alternative phrasing. Start with small, focused searches. Use the names of known, trusted people to get recommendations of reliable online sites and publications. (Check newspaper databases for controversies.) Add terms that focus on the type of material desired. Examples: "digital collections", zine, "literary journal", "literary magazine", "oral histories"
USE ADVANCED SEARCH - On your Google search results page, click on Settings. Use supplied fields to carefully map term choices, specifying exact terms required. The "Site or Domain" field can be useful in limiting your results to government information (.gov) or items created at educational institutions (.edu).
EVALUATE CAREFULLY - Do separate searches of source creators, authors and publications. Every source you interact with is a conversation. 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 ITS LIMITATIONS - 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
Look for a small circular red E in the icons to the left of your results . These are online resources. (E-books, streams, digital documents.)
Or use the drop-downs on the CBBcat search page, for a more precise search.
If you're on campus, there is still access to the Miller Library bookstacks and you can order books from Bixler, Olin, the Annex, Bates and Bowdoin by clicking CBB Request in an item record.
Enter your name and bar code number (omit beginning and ending letters) from your Student ID or Library Card. You will be notified when the books are available for pickup at Miller.