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War and Media: Getting Started

Sociology 120 Professor Wendy Christensen; Librarian Leanne Pander

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Description of Catalogs

CBBcat (the default catalog)
 
- combined catalog of Bowdoin, Bates & Colby Libraries

Bowdoin College Library Catalog
- books, journals, dvd's, government documents, etc. in Bowdoin's library

 NExpress
- combined catalog of Bowdoin, Bates, Colby, Wellesley, Williams, Middlebury, Vassar, and Northeastern.  Requests take 2-3 days.

 MaineCat
- combined catalog for all the libraries in the State, including the University of Maine, the Maine State Library, and hundreds of public libraries.  Requests take 2-5 days.

Library Catalogs

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Getting Started: Finding Books

Finding Library Books

The Library Catalog is the primary tool for finding books, films, recordings, and other materials.  CBBcat combines the Bowdoin, Bates & Colby catalogs, and in general uses Keywords in the same way as a Google search.  The Bowdoin Library Catalog searches Bowdoin only, but allows for more precise searching by Title or Author, or Subject (assigned subject headings) or Keyword (a word that appears in the title or elsewhere).   

Examples of relevant SUBJECT HEADINGS:

  • Mass Media and War
  • War in Mass Media
  • World War 1939-1945 Propaganda
  • World War 1914-1918
  • Vietnam War 1961-1975

You may want to browse virtually in CBBcat or the Bowdoin catalog: look for additional headings under “Subject,” or added "Tags" or "Similar Books" when you have a record on the screen. To broaden your search, or to find specific books not available at Bowdoin, use NExpress or the MaineCat Statewide Catalog to request items directly online.  Books from Bates or Colby usually arrive within two days; from other Maine or NExpress libraries, perhaps a few days longer.  Use Interlibrary Loan to request books not available in MaineCat or Nexpress, and to request any journal articles not available at Bowdoin.