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Librarian Contact

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Karen Gillum

Miller Library  107B

Finding Books

  • CBBcat
    The Library Catalog of Colby, Bates & Bowdoin
    Search for books, CDs, videos
    and more.
  • WorldCat
    Search for books and other materials held in libraries worldwide. Order through ILLiad.

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How To : Request Books From Bates, Bowdoin or the Annex

CBBcat Subject Headings

Click on these links to find similar items. CBBcat uses Library of Congress Subject Headings. Unfortunately, these headings sometimes use outdated terminology, but once identified they can often provide much more precise search results than using keywords. Examples of LOC Subject Headings:

A few primary sources:

Backhouse, Edmund, Sir, Annals and Memoirs of the Court of Peking (16th to 20th c )

Book of Odes

Records of the Grand Historian

The Analects


Siku Quanshu -- Four Treasures

Painting and Calligraphy


Bodhisttva Guanyin of the Water Moon              Horse and Groom, after Li Gonglin                     Wind and Snow in the Fir Pines

Song and Yuan Dynasty Painting and Calligraphy - Freer and Sackler Galleries | The Smithsonian's Museums of Asian Art

Research Project


Read your initial text attentively, considering 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.

Use terminology and facts learned from background sources to search for articles in periodical databases. 

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

Leverage the power of the index to navigate within books (Remember to check various translations and Romanizations of Chinese names and titles - Qing / Ching, Pao yu / Bao yu, Cao / Tsao, Li Po / Li Bai, Hsi-feng / Xifeng, etc.)

Use the bibliography in every useful source you find to lead you to more



Annotated Bibliography 

The annotated bibliography should give the reader a solid understanding of the sources you have used and how they will be incorporated into your presentation. As a supplement to your own instructions, see also:

Cornell's Guide to Annotated Bibliographies


Tips for Presentations

Additional Guides

For even more resources, see these Colby Library Guides:

For instructions on other Library Resources:

For help with Chicago style or citation-managers:



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