Use an asterisk to search all endings of a word.
ship* = ship, ships, shipping
Use quotes to glue together a phrase or name:
Put synonyms in parentheses with OR between each term.
(lobster* OR crustacean*)
As you find material, scan for alternative search terms in item records and references, and then try new searches.
Start with a keyword search and look for subject headings links in item records.
SAMPLE SUBJECT HEADINGS IN CBBCAT:
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OneSearch searches multiple resources at once. Use for very precise searches:
For best results, use limiters.
Primary Sources - Documents & artifacts created at or near the time of an event. The testimonies, memories and recollections of people who experienced or witnessed the event.
Secondary Sources - Writings after the fact by people who did not experience the event. This includes the scholarly analysis found in journal articles.
A list of USEFUL RESOURCES is on your COURSE MOODLE PAGE under the Resources and Materials tab.
Here are some other suggestions.
To find even more digitized primary source material online, do a Google search for your topic adding these words and phrases:
For a more precise search, from the Google results, click on: Settings > Advanced Search
You can then narrow your search by entering .edu or .gov or .org in the Site or Domain box
Check the notes, references and bibliographies of every relevant article or book.
(No full-text available at Colby? Order through ILLiad.)
Search all titles in Google Scholar to see who citing that work in their notes and bibliography.
Hattendorf, John B. Ubi Sumus?: the State of Naval And Maritime History. Newport, R.I.: Naval War College Press, 1994. Footnotes on page 349.
One good source can lead to another!
Look for a Cited Work using:
Off-campus users will often be able to gain access to Colby Library resources using their Colby ID and password.. But for the most reliable access, install VPN (Virtual Private Network) on your computer or device. This fools your device into thinking you're on campus! (You may also need to click on the VPN app icon every time you sign in.)
Search results can include topic mind maps (e.g. Middle Passage)
Examples of OBO AH topic modules include: Atlantic Migration; Black Atlantic in the Age of Revolutions; Cod in the Atlantic World; Cook, Captain James; Oceanic History; The Pacific; Port Cities; Pre-Columbian Transatlantic Voyages; Ships and Shipping; Slave Trade, The Atlantic