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EN 283 Environmental Humanities: Stories of Crisis and Resilience

Also ES 283. Professor: Christopher A. Walker

Photo: Mighty on the Lehigh by A. Strakey. Abandoned Bethlehem Steel Works on the Lehigh River in Pennsylvania (2009)

Scholarly Journals

Articles in scholarly/academic journals, especially PEER-REVIEWED journals are particularly important to college research. They:

  • provide in-depth analysis or report original research
  • use in-text citations and bibliographies
  • are written by and for scholars

Look for options in databases to limit your results to articles in scholarly, peer-reviewed journals.

Searching Tips

Search multiple resources.
Search for alternative keywords & subject headings.
Use database limiters & tools.

KEYWORD SEARCH - just words

Use QUOTATION MARKS to glue together words in phrases, titles or an author's name:  "oil spill"

An  ASTERISK is a wild card that stands in for different endings of a word: ethic* = ethic, ethics, ethical

A SEARCH STRING includes a combination of elements:  "environmental justice" AND (animal*)

Note that synonyms should be contained in parentheses separated by OR.

SUBJECT SEARCH - "aboutness"

Do a keyword search then look for SUBJECT HEADINGS in item records. Subject headings can help you find books by subject matter, not just by the occurrence of words in item records.

Keyword search: Ecopoetry.

Subjects listed in item records: Ecology in literature, Ecocriticism, Nature conservation in literature, Environmental protection in literature

Click on the subject links or do new searches with the terms listed. 

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Following a Citation Trail

Check the WORKS CITED, NOTES, REFERENCES and BIBLIOGRAPHIES of every relevant article or book.

sample citations

Hafley, James Robert, 1928 - The Glass Roof: Virigina Woolf as a Novelist. Berkely: University fo California Press, 1954. (link to bibliography)
Look for a Cited Work using:

  • OneSearch (articles)
  • CBBcat (books, media available through Colby)
  • Hathi Trust (sometimes has full-text digital versions of older books or articles)
  • WorldCat (if can't find resource locally)

OneSearch

OneSearch searches multiple resources at once. Use for very precise searches:

  • Finding a specific article
  • Finding book chapters on a topic
  • Finding book reviews

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.

Literature & Film Databases

Try these library DATABASES to find scholarly articles related to literature and film:

MLA International Bibliography is the main go-to database for literature. Try here first.

WARNING: JSTOR may not include recent issues of journals. Missing issues can go back as far as 5 years.

Other Databases

Video/Media Production

Video Production Specialist

Tim Stonesifer

Contact: trstones@colby.edu

I'm here to help with any part of your video project. Email me to set up a time to meet or you can come by my office in Miller 102.

Relevant Journals

Environmental Humanities - An open access, peer-reviewed journal published by Duke University. Includes The Living Lexicon, which are essays on important keywords.

Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities - A peer-reviewed journal from the University of Nebraska. Indexed in JSTOR.

Find Books & Films

SEARCH our library catalog 

Print Books & DVDs:

Miller items are in the center bookstacks off the stairway.

Order Items from Bixler, Olin, the Annex, Bates or Bowdoin by clicking
You will be notified when your items are available for pickup at Miller.

E-Books, Streams & Other Online Resources:

Look for a small circular red E in the icons to the left of your results .

CBBcat icon examples

Or use the drop-downs on the CBBcat search page, for a more precise search.

Librarian

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Laine Thielstrom
Contact:
esthiels@colby.edu

Contact me by email or chat (send me a Google Hangouts invite). Or let's talk about your research or information need on Google Meet or Zoom!
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