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Collection Building Resources

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The richness of the Library's collections is a direct result of the faculty's long-term involvement in the selection of materials. While librarians regularly order new materials, we look to you to fill in the gaps and keep us up-to-date on the newest--and oldest--research. We have designed this page to help you identify new books and other materials for your research and for the Library, including searchable book review databases and bibliographic databases from our book vendor and OCLC.

Are you teaching a new class? Embarking on a new area of research? Talk with your collections librarian liaison about making sure the Library has access to the materials you and your students need.

Once you find something, order it via the Library Materials Order Form.

How to Find What We Have Here

The Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin (CBB) libraries share an automatic approval plan of books (an approval plan is a profile of books in selected subject areas by selected publishers that we have set up with a third party vendor to ship to us when published). This means that we receive one copy of a book for the three libraries. Approval plan shipments are rotated weekly, so new books randomly arrive at one of the libraries. The goal of the shared plan is to duplicate as little as possible in order to free up money for purchasing additional, unique materials.

Search CBBCat to identify the full breadth of resources available to Bowdoin. The CBB libraries are your libraries! The loan periods are the same as a Bowdoin loan.

CBB New Materials
Wondering if we've received any new books of interest to you? Set up email or RSS announcements and see what new books Colby, Bates and Bowdoin are getting.

How to Search for New (and old) Books, Journals, DVDs, etc.

Gobi is the searchable database of our primary book vendor, YBP, with whom we have our approval plan. It includes most books in print and many ebooks. You can search a variety of ways and set up "Gobi Alerts" to receive weekly emails of new books in your subject area. You can then send suggestions to purchase directly to your library liaison. Please contact for a Gobi account; we are currently pilot testing this database with a few faculty.

WorldCat, from OCLC, serves as a national online catalog for libraries across the U.S. and some abroad, allowing you to identify sources newly published or long out of print.

Ulrich's Periodicals Directory
Ulrich's is a searchable database of journals, series, newspapers, magazines etc., providing an enormous amount of information about publishers, platforms, cost and, often, reviews. It is also searchable by subject so you can search for new periodicals in your subject areas, or for a journal in which to publish an article.

Search for new and used books, DVDs, etc.

Search for used and out of print books.

Abe Books
Search for new, used, and out of print books.

How to Find Book Reviews

Choice Reviews Online
CRO is the searchable database of Choice Magazine, providing reviews of academic books and websites. You can search or browse by topic and set up an account to get monthly email lists of new book reviews in your area of interest. Note: we have 2 simultaneous user licenses for the campus, so please be sure to log out when you are done.

Book Reviews Research Guide
One-stop shopping for several book review databases to which the Library subscribes.

How to Identify Publishers

Association of American University Presses links to each press's website.

Search Publishers' Catalogues by topic to find publishers who publish in your areas of interest.

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