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General Reference

Reference sources can provide definitions, terminology, facts, background information, context, biographies, interpretations, and bibliographies.

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Articles on Literature

For analysis of literary work, use MLA !

For reviews and popular opinion, look in Academic Search Complete.

For scholarly discussions in all Humanistic disciplines, try JSTOR


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Geographies of Home: Latin@ Literature in the 20th and 21st Centuries, EN 297

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Along the Martin Peña Channel, Puerto Rico (1973)

Research Steps

Steps in Your Research

  • As you Read your initial text, consider what information would put the writing in context and give you a fuller understanding of it.
  • Think about what sorts of publications the information you need might be published in
  • Look up background 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 (historical) newspapers and periodical databases. 
  • Search for books (memoirs, collections of letters, biographies, diaries, special histories)  in any of Colby's catalogs, expanding your search with subject linking
  • After you identify subject terms, combine them into a keyword search -- e.g., "sex role" and Hispanic to search for books on gender roles in Latin@ literature and culture in CBBcat. In MLA, try sex roles or gender roles AND hispanic.
  • Always pay attention to vocabulary in records as you try a variety of approaches.
  • Ask your librarian!  

Citations and Annotated Bibliographies

MLA style for citations 

The purpose of citations

  • to show the research path followed             
  •  to provide leads for other researchers 

You need to cite when...

  • you directly quote someone else
  • you refer to another person's ideas 
  • you outline someone else's argument  


         on a Works Cited Page for an article retrieved from a database:

             Stuart, Christopher. "William Maxwell's So Long, See You Tomorrow and the Autobiographical Impulse." Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, vol. 47, no. 3, 2006, pp. 261-73. MLA International Bibliography. Accessed 17 January 2013.

Thus the pattern is:

              Author. "Title of Article." Title of Journal, vol. #, no. #, year, page numbers. Name of database. [doi or url. Date of access (day month year).]


Record for a Book in CBBcat

How To : Requesting Books Through CBBcat

Click where the arrow points to request. Fill in only the numerals of the barcode on the back of your Colby ID.

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