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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 publicationsthe information you need might be published in
Look upbackground 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 booksin 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 - Jia / Chia, Pao yu / Bao yu, Cao / Tsao, Chin Ko-ching / Qin Keqing, Hsi-feng / Xifeng, etc.)
Use the bibliography in every useful source you find to lead you to more
Tips for Catalogue Searching
Use quotes to glue a phrase together. E.g., "Chinese fiction"
Use an asterisk as a wild card to cover word variations. E.g., Liter* (for Literature, Literary)
Broaden your search by using OR with parentheses. E.g., (Mansions OR Chamber). Results can contain either term.
Narrow your search by using AND. E.g., Qing AND novel. Results must contain both terms.
Remember to try various translations and Romanizations of Chinese names and titles
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