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Contemporary Issues of Native North America: Anthropology 2840: Getting Started

Professor: Kelly Fayard; Librarian: Leanne Pander


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Subject Headings

There are official subject headings assigned by the Library of Congress for all publications; however, we often search by keywords in many databases.

Consider searching for the subjectIndians of North America, then scroll through the subheadings, such as geographic region or topic.   OR, use "Indians of North America" as keywords along with other words such as Casinos; Employment; Land Claims; Fishing, etc. 

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Library Catalogs

CBBcat is the combined catalog of Colby, Bates, & Bowdoin Libraries.  Requests take 2-3 days.

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NExpress is the combined catalog of eight regional academic libraries.  Requests take 2-3 days.

MaineCat is the combined catalog of many Maine public & academic libraries.  Requests take 3-5 days.

Finding Books, Articles and Other Library Materials

Start on the Library Gateway and search OneSearch or one of the following catalogs.  

- the single most comprehensive tool for searching the Library's print and electronic resources, including full-text journal articles, books and e-books.

-  combined catalog of the Bowdoin, Bates and Colby Libraries.  This is the default catalog, set to search by Keyword.

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- books, journals, dvd's, government documents, etc. in Bowdoin's library.  Easier to search for specific known works by title, author or subject heading.

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

- 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.

Tips for Finding Library Books

  1. Go to the Library Homepage.
  2. If you are looking for a specific book, search by title or author.
  3. For searching a topic, start with a keyword search.
  4. When you find some relevant titles, check the subject headings to find additional terms for searching.
  5. To locate books within the Library, note the call number and find the appropriate floor by checking the guides on each floor or at the reference desk.
  6. When you find your book, browse the surrounding shelves for other books on the same topic.
  7. If you do not find any books through your original search, try MaineCat or NExpress for more titles.
  8. Always feel free to consult the reference librarian for any questions.

Subject Guide

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See Also

» Get Started
» Citing Your Sources
» Department Web Site
» Reserves

The Library Research Guide for Anthropology will be useful for finding additional resources for this class.

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