DATABASES ARE CURATED COLLECTIONS that can include different types of materials and formats.
Look for a box in databases that will allow you to limit your results to SCHOLARLY PEER-REVIEWED JOURNALS
OneSearch searches multiple resources at once. Use for very precise searches:
For best results, use limiters.
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To find items ABOUT authors, do a Subject Search of the author's name (last name, first name).
To find items by authors, do an Author Search (last name, first name).
SEARCHING FOR LITERARY CRITICISM IN CBBcat
Keyword Search: "author's name" AND critic* ("Kate Chopin"AND critic*)
Subject Search: "author's last name, first name" (eg. Rivera, Tomás)
When authors are subjects, look for a CRITICISM sub-division : Baldwin James 1924 1987 -- Criticism And Interpretation
SEARCH our library catalog.
IS A BOOK SCHOLARLY? Is the author a scholar at an institution of higher learning? Is it a scholarly publisher, such as an university press? Search the author's name and the publisher's name in Google. Are there notes, references and/or a bibliography? Look at the writing style and examine the arguments presented. Who is the intended audience?
LOOK FOR E-BOOKS IN CBBCAT. Click on Colby Access to get to the e-book record and look for the blue link to the text at the bottom.
BUT NOT ALL OUR E-BOOKS ARE IN CBBCAT OR ONESEARCH.
CHECK THE E-BOOK COLLECTION DATABASES LISTED IN OUR E-BOOK GUIDE