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EN 115 - all sections: COLBY


Memorial Hall, old Colby campus, 1913

Think Strategically about Your Research

  • Looking up background information first can save you time later - use Credo Reference
  • Use terminology and facts learned from the background information to search for articles in Academic Search Complete and other databases at left
  • Search for books in any of the catalogs Colby has access to, 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 

Why use Reference sources?

To look for...
definitions, historical context, biographical information

How can you identify a scholarly journal article?                 

Look for...
an abstract, in-text citations, a bibliography. Scholarly Journals report original research in a specific discipline, typically contain peer reviewed articles


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When you search CBBcat, use the hot-linked subject headings in records to lead to lists of more books on the same subject.

From the list of subjects, click on one --

to browse records of books on these subjects.



In general, the purpose of annotations is to inform a researcher consulting the bibliography on aspects of the cited title, such as

  • From what critical perspective does the writer approach the work?
  • How thorough is the analysis?  Are there omissions or weaknesses in the argument?
  • How does the article contribute to scholarly discourse on the work? (For instance, is it cited by later writers?)

Sample Annotated Bibliography (MLA) Diana Hacker

How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography Cornell U. Library

Be sure to follow the directions of your own assignment!


Record for a Book in CBBcat

Click where the arrow points to request


When you have time to wait a week or so for some of your books, use WorldCat to extend your search to libraries all over the country. We can even get scans of parts of books from libraries overseas.

From the libraries' homepage, select the tab Books and More, check the circle for WorldCat in the blue box, then the button

Enter search terms for keyword searching. Since you have seen  records in CBBcat with subject headings of the form: author Criticism and Interpretation, use these terms initially to begin your search for criticism of Poe or Borges, or any other writer. Look at the panel on the left to see what parameters might be useful in limiting your results. Choosing Print Books, for instance, means you won't waste time looking at eBooks you will not be able to borrow.  Changing the sort from the default Relevance to Date Newest First is also often helpful.



Select a book by clicking on the title. In the record for the book, click the button Request through ILLiad@Colby. Sign into the ILLiad system with your Colby username and password. The request form should fill in automatically - just click Submit at the bottom.


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