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"Little Girl Found"

Metropolitan Museum of Art, "Little Girl found" 1825, William Blake Archive

Books at Colby

Source of the Sacred River, Albert Goodwin






Karen Gillum,



Research Strategies

For background information, look in: 

Continue your research using terminology and facts learned from the background information to search for articles in:

  • MLA Bibliography - For articles specifically on literature by modern scholars.
  • JSTOR A collection of scholarly journals, many embargoed for the most current 5 years.
  • British Periodicals Collections British periodicals from the 17th to 20th centuries on Science, Art, and Literature
  • Literature Resource Center Includes "Overviews" of works, to the level of (well-known) poems, with history of appearance and critical appraisal.

Articles in academic journals  reflect current scholarly debate

Look for a sidebar in databases that will allow you to limit searches by date, 

Examples of scholarly articles:

Explore digitized primary sources in:

Investigate the notes and bibliographies of every good source you find for leads to more. For a quick video on how to look up and request articles you find cited, click here.

Think about what sorts of publications the information you need might be published in.

  • Biographical? Try Scribner Writers or book-biographies. 
  • Primary documents? Look for correspondence and diaries.
  • Contemporary reactions?  Search British Periodicals or ECCO. 
  • Literary analyses of an author? Search in MLA

Finding Books

Search for books in any of Colby's catalogs, expanding your search with subject linking

CBBcat - for readily available books

WorldCat - search catalogs of libraries worldwide

Directions on signing up for ILL

For books by individual writers, search CBBcat by Author, typing in the family name first.

For books about individual writers, search using their names as Subject, e.g.:

Look for more Subject lines in catalog records and use them to branch out to more topics, e.g.:


Keyword Searching --  

Experiment with synonyms

Use asterisks to search for multiple word-forms at once: Poet* = Poet, Poetry, Poetic, Poets

Use quotation marks to search for a phrase: "Renaissance drama"

Try searching the CBB catalog for Companion or Handbook and your author's name. Like this:  Companion  Austen.  

Companions can be very helpful in getting oriented to a new area of study. 


To Request Books from Bates, Bowdoin, or Colby Storage

 Click where the arrow points to request. Fill in the numerals only of the barcode on the back of your Colby ID.

Click here for 1-minute videos on how to search CBBcat, search WorldCat, submit ILL requests, etc.

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