Writing a Research Paper? Need Help? Ask Us!

Why ask Google when you can Ask Us?  Use our chat, email, or appointment service.  Or contact a librarian who specializes in your area. You can also stop by the reference desks at all of the libraries.  We want to help you get that A!

Wanna do it yourself?  Here’s some help:

Research help page: http://library.bowdoin.edu/help/research-help/index.shtml

Citing sources: http://library.bowdoin.edu/help/citationguides-a-z.shtml

Research Guides by Subject:  http://libguides.bowdoin.edu/

We look forward to working with you in whatever way works best for you!

American National Biography Online

American National Biography
The Library has added another fabulous resource for your research pleasure: American National Biography Online. Search for your favorite (no longer living) Americans. Search Bowdoin College to find our noteworthy alums, professors and friends. Search the Advanced Search by “Realms of Renown” (love it) to find notable Americans in art, government, sciences, religion, society and much more.

 

 

Women’s History Month Resources

The Library has access to many electronic primary and secondary women clip artresources for research on women’s history. Here are some noteworthy sources:

New Interdisciplinary Citation Database: Scopus

scopusThe Library now provides access to Scopus — an enormous, interdisciplinary citation database in the sciences, social sciences and some humanities.  What makes Scopus especially powerful is that the articles resulting from a search include links to other works that have cited those articles.   Faculty can search their own publications and quickly see who has cited their work within the Scopus database.  And there are many more features to enhance your research!

The Library is offering two training sessions to introduce you to Scopus: Tuesday, January 7, 10-10:45 OR Wednesday, January 15, 1:30-2:15 in the Electronic Classroom, H-L Library.
Click here for more information and to register.

New York Review of Books Archive Online

Finally, online access to the back issues of The New York Review of Books!!! Just look at the list of reviewers and contributors in the first issue from Feb. 1, 1963: Lowell, Berryman, Dupee, Hardwick, Auden, McCarthy, Rahv, Mailer, Warren, Sontag (I’m not making this up), Kazin, Rich, Hollander, Glazer, Styron, Vidal and even more. And that’s just the first issue. Here’s a gem:
Making a living is nothing; the great difficulty is making a point, making a difference—with words. Elizabeth Hardwick in her piece “Grub Street: New York” from the first issue.

Happy Reading!
Your friends at the Library

New Databases: NAACP Papers and Afro-American Imprints

The Library now has access to two valuable resources for historical research:

ImageThe NAACP Papers: The NAACP’s Major Campaigns–Education, Voting, Housing, Employment, Armed Forces, which includes legal files, correspondence, meeting minutes, news clippings, memoranda, reports, and legal briefs related to these issues.

And Afro-Americana Imprints, 1535-1922, from the Library Company of Philadelphia. This database includes, among much more, congressional addresses, slave narratives, minstrel songs and shows and anti-abolition literature.

Scientific American and National Geographic Archives Now Online

sciamericanThe Bowdoin community now can access the back issues of Scientific American from 1948-1992 and National Geographic from 1888-1994 online. Talk about fun! Read Robert E. Peary’s 1889 address to the National Geographic Society about his adventures in…Nicaragua! (and that other place he’s famous for) or Edward O. Wilson’s 1972 article Animal Communication in Scientific American.

Note that National Geographic does not allow downloading of articles, but you may print. And when you search Scientific American, you will get citations to earlier issues than are available online–you can find those issues at the Hatch Science Library. natgeo

Happy explorations!
Your friends at the Library

New JSTOR Ecology & Botany Collection

botanyWith summer here on campus comes a new journal backfile collection from JSTOR for researching all (well, most)  green (and other colored) living things:  the Ecology and Botany Collection!  From the 1914 issue of the American Journal of Botany to the 1952 issue of Systematic Zoology, there is a nest of back issues for your research needs.

Expanded Science/Social Science Content Available

There’s new content in the following science/social sciences databases (interdisciplinary humanities as well), so you will want to run your regular searches, and new ones, through these old favorites again:

science direct Science Direct– we now have access to almost double the amount of journals– over 2000 of ‘em!


ACM Digital Archive (that would be the Association for Computing ACMMachinery)–we now have access to the complete digital archive, which includes proceedings from both the ACM and the IEEE.


acsACS Complete package (American Chemical Society)– access to all 45 of their journals


SpringerLink–access to almost all of the springerlinkebooks and journals published by Springer, and that’s a lot! We now have a link to the SpringerLink database as a whole so you can search across all content at once.