Look for options in databases to limit results to articles in scholarly, peer-reviewed journals.
Title page of The Athenaeum, 1846, a British literary journal. The Athenaeum is searchable thru the British Periodicals database. Photo from The Library of Congress
Searches multiple resources at once.
Use for very precise searches:
For best results, use limiters: field drop-downs (Title, Publication Title), content type (articles, book chapters, book reviews), etc.
For topical searches, first consult CBBcat and individual databases.
Databases and catalogs may only find the exact combination of letters entered.
Keyword searches are not looking for meaning and thus can miss important works in a field. Look at Subject Terms in item records to find items grouped by topic.
In CBBcat, subject sub-divisions can be helpful in focusing your research.
TYPE OF SEARCH
Use the drop-down menus to choose type of search.
To find items BY authors, do an Author Search (last name, first name).
To find items ABOUT authors, do a Subject Search (last name, first name).
Keyword Search: "author's name" AND critic*" ("Natalia Ginzburg" AND critic*)
Subject Search: "author's last name, first name" (Woolf, Virginia)
Look for the sub-division: Criticism and interpretation
Check the WORKS CITED, NOTES, REFERENCES and BIBLIOGRAPHIES of every relevant article or book. You may discover another book or article perfect for your topic.
Hafley, James Robert, 1928 - The Glass Roof: Virigina Woolf as a Novelist. Berkely: University fo California Press, 1954. (link to bibliography)
One good source can lead to another!
Look for a Cited Work using:
Older editions of the MLA handbook are also available. Many databases still use the 7th edition. OWL uses the 8th edition. Note the differences! Be consistent.
MLA 7th Edition: Falk, Cynthia G. "'The Intolerable Ugliness Of New York': Architecture And Society In Edith Wharton's The Age Of Innocence." American Studies 42.2 (2001): 19-43. MLA International Bibliography. Web. 19 Jan. 2017.
MLA 8th Edition: Falk, Cynthia G. "'The Intolerable Ugliness Of New York': Architecture And Society In Edith Wharton's The Age Of Innocence." American Studies, vol. 42, no. 2, 2001, pp. 19-43. EBSCO, http://www.jstor.org/stable/40643250. Accessed 19 Jan. 2017.
Search for physical and digital books, films and other media in our library catalog.
To identify SCHOLARLY BOOKS, investigate/examine the:
REMOTE LEARNING: look for a small circular red E in the icons to the left of your results . These are online resources.
Or use the drop-downs on the CBBcat search page, for a more precise search.
ON CAMPUS: Order books for Miller pickup by clicking CBB Request in an item record.
Miller Library bookstacks are also physically accessible when the library is open. Most literary works are on the two lower levels (S1 & S2).
Print books ordered from Bates, Bowdoin or other Maine libraries will take longer than usual to receive due to material quarantine protocols.
BOOK CHAPTERS THRU ILLIAD: A digital alternative is to click on Colby ILL in the right pane of CBBcat results and use the "Book Chapter" form to request a PDF of a chapter or two (copyright law limits amount copied). You will get an email with a link.
Tip: Google Books may have more info on a book's contents.
Reference sources can provide definitions, terminology, facts, background information, context, biographies, interpretations, and bibliographies.