Citation managers help you organize your research, collect citations & automatically create bibliographies.
For writing help, please don't hesitate to make an appointment with the Farnham's Writers' Center. They're a fantastic free resource for Colby students!
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.
In GOOGLE searches, add these words and phrases:
For more precise results, click on: Settings > Advanced Search
Use an ASTERISK to search all endings of a word: religi* = religion, religions, religious
Use QUOTATION MARKS to glue together a phrase: "oneida community"
Put synonyms in PARENTHESES with OR between each term: (utopia OR dystopia)
Look for ALTERNATIVE SEARCH TERMS in item records and references, and then try new searches.
Start with a keyword search and look for SUBJECT HEADING LINKS in item records.
SAMPLE SUBJECT HEADINGS
E-BOOKS! PRINT BOOKS! FILMS! Search our library catalog.
For DIGITAL MATERIALS, look for a small circular red E in the icons to the left of your results. (E-books, streams, digital documents.)
Or use the drop-downs on the CBBcat search page, for a more precise search.
For PRINT BOOKS & DVDS, the Miller Library Stacks are open. To order physical items from Bixler, Olin, the Annex, Bates or Bowdoin: Click on
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.)