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Keyword Searching

When Keyword Searching:

  • Experiment with synonyms, 
  • Use asterisks to search for multiple word-forms at once: Literature* = Literature, Literary, Literaries
  • Use quotation marks to search for a phrase: "Western experience"
  • Try searching the CBB catalog for Companion or Handbook and an author's name: Companion Shakespeare
    • Companions can be very helpful in getting oriented to a new area of study.



The purpose of citations:

  • to show the research path followed
  • to provide leads for other researchers

You need to cite them when:

  • you directly quote someone else
  • you refer to another person's ideas
  • you outline someone else's argument

Links to helpful Citation guides:


"The Tempest" Act 1, Scene 2, William Hogarth, Nostell Priory

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Contact Information:

Karen Gillum, 


Research Strategies

Steps in Your Research

  • As you read your initial text, consider what information would put the writing in context and give you a fuller understanding of it.
  • Think about what sorts of publications the information you need might be published in
  • Look up background information in the reference materials, e.g., Credo Reference, encyclopedias, atlases and histories, etc.

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
  • EEBO - Early English Books Online
  • ECCO - Eighteenth Century Collections Online, includes pamphlets and other ephemera
  • Screen Studies Collection - survey of current publications related to film scholarship
  • Literature Resource Center Includes "Overviews" of works, to the level of (well-known) poems, with history of appearance and critical appraisal.
  • Complete list of databases
  • Always pay attention to vocabulary in records as you try a variety of approaches.


  • Ask your librarian!      Karen Gillum      Miller 107B 

Finding Books

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

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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.:

A few subject headings for books on ...

For videos, change "Search Entire CBB" to 



Record for a Book in CBBcat

How To : Requesting Books Through CBBcat

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

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