Articles in scholarly/academic journals, especially PEER-REVIEWED journals are particularly important to college research.
Look for check boxes in databases to limit your search results to articles in scholarly, peer-reviewed journals.
Have an article citation from a bibliography? Search for the title in OneSearch to see if full text is available in Colby databases.
Articles not available in full-text? Request through ILLiad interlibrary loan. It's free and often very fast.
Look for Request from ILLiad or Request from another library links in databases, OneSearch and Worldcat.
Citation managers help you organize your research, collect citations & create bibliographies.
Our Citation Software guide can help you decide which to use.
Zotero collects all your research in a single, searchable interface.
Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network.
Always check an item's bibliography, notes, references or works cited page. This is not only to check an author's evidence, but to find additional sources for your research. This is looking into the past at books and articles written before the item.
Google Scholar and some databases also allow you to look forward in time at more recent articles and books that cite the item you're looking at. Just enter the title of the work in Google Scholar and look for the Cited By link.
Grey Literature is material that has NOT been published by commercial publishers. This includes working papers, reports, policy briefs, blogs and dissertations.
Grey literature can have the advantages of immediacy and/or divergent points of view, however, all grey literature should be very carefully scrutinized and evaluated.
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To identify scholarly books, look at the publisher, author, extent and quality of references, writing style and arguments presented. Who is the intended audience? How current is the material?
Not finding what you want in CBBcat?
Look for the MaineCat icon in CBBcat results to expand your search across the state.
International agencies can be government or inter-governmental organizations.
Search the subject heading International Agencies in CBBcat or Worldcat to find books about these organizations.
NGOs, non-governmental organizations, are often created to address specific issues or give a voice to particular groups of people.
In CBBcat and Worldcat, try a subject search using the heading: Non-govermental organizations