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Writing Program: Resources for Tutors


CBBcat:  search for books in the catalogs for Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin 

OneSearch: expand your search to include articles  

 WorldCat:  extend your search to libraries worldwide 

Directions on signing up for ILL

►For a list of Colby's databases, Click here

►For 1-minute Videos on how to search CBBcat, WorldCat, and databases, how to submit ILL requests, and more ... Click here

Searching Tricks


  • Use an asterisk to stand in for different word endings:  gene*  = genes, genetic, etc.
  • Use quotation marks to "glue together" a phrase:  "reproductive rights" 
  • Use parentheses & OR to search synonyms:  (death OR dying)


Find a good book or article in a Keyword search? Look at its item record to see if there are Subject Terms. Click on these links to find other items about that subject.


Check the notes, references and bibliographies of every relevant article or book. One good source can lead to another!

Getting the Books

For books in Miller:

Look for the stacks plan beside the stairs.

For books at Bates, Bowdoin, or in Colby Storage:

Click on the CBB Request button in the record for the book you want. Then fill in your name and the barcode number (no letters) on the back of your Colby ID card.


African-American Studies Ana Noriega
American Studies Laine Thielstrom
Anthropology Erin Rhodes
Art Fannie Ouyang
Biology Kara Kugelmeyer
Chemistry Kara Kugelmeyer
Cinema Studies Laine Thielstrom
Classics Karen Gillum
Computer Science Kara Kugelmeyer
East Asian Studies Karen Gillum
Economics Hilary Baribeau
Education Laine Thielstrom
English and Creative Writing Laine Thielstrom
Environmental Studies Kara Kugelmeyer
French Karen Gillum
Geology Kara Kugelmeyer
German Karen Gillum
Global Studies Hilary Baribeau
Government Hilary Baribeau
History Mike McGuire
Italian Karen Gillum
Jewish Studies Karen Gillum
Latin American Studies Laine Thielstrom
Law Hilary Baribeau
Mathematics and Statistics Kara Kugelmeyer
Music Max Bowman
Philosophy Karen Gillum
Physics and Astronomy Kara Kugelmeyer
Psychology Kara Kugelmeyer
Religious Studies Karen Gillum
Russian Karen Gillum
Science, Technology, and Society Kara Kugelmeyer
Sociology Hilary Baribeau
Spanish Karen Gillum
Theater and Dance Laine Thielstrom
Women’s Studies Hilary Baribeau

Citations and Annotated Bibliography

Use MLA style to create citations in the humanities

The purpose of citations

  • to show the research path someone took to develop an idea
  • 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  

EXAMPLE of MLA Style 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." vol. 47, no. 3, 2006, pp. 261-273. Critique: Studies in Contemporary 6 April 2021.

Thus the pattern is:

Author. "Title." Title of Article, Version (edition), vol. #, no #, year, pp. #s. Publisher, Publication Date, Location [URL or DOI]. Name of Database, Date of Access [day, month, year].

MORE EXAMPLES and explanations at Purdue's OWL site:   

         In-Text Citation Formatting

Annotated Bibliography

In general, the purpose of annotations is to inform a researcher consulting the bibliography on various aspects of the cited title. Some general directions are below; make sure also to consult directions for your class!

How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography      Cornell University Library

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