Writing a Research Paper? Need Help? Ask Us!

Need Research Help

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 research help desks at all of the libraries.  We want to help you get that A!

After hours?  Here’s some help:

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

Women’s History Month Resources

women clip art

The Library has access to many electronic primary and secondary resources for research on women’s history. Here are some noteworthy sources.  Be sure to Ask Us for more!


Workshop: Unraveling the Mysteries of Citing Sources

Not sure when you should cite your sources?  Come to this workshop to learn the who, what, where, why, when, and how of acknowledging your sources!

Recent Gifts and Acquisitions…and Some New Approaches to Access

The Library continues to provide access to an enormous range of print and electronic resources. New and notable resources include:


Judith Toll Picture Book CollectionToll books spine:  It is a pleasure to acknowledge a second gift of children’s picture books from the collector Judy Toll. The Judith Toll Picture Book Collection now contains 512 books and is an outstanding resource for the study of visual art and literature for children as well as fairy tales. Prof. Liz Muther’s classes in these areas of study have made extensive use of the first installment. The books are easily found in the PZ’s on the fifth floor of the Hubbard stacks.


Nature 1950 to present:  The Library purchased the archive of the journal Nature back to 1950, a rich resource for scientists, historians, sociologists, and researchers of all stripes. Read, for instance, about “The British North Greenland Expedition, 1952–54: Scientific Results” in the April 12, 1958 issue.

JAMA 1894 to present:  Another addition to the library’s growingjama-logo e-journal collections, the archive of the Journal of the American Medical Association, provides a historical overview of major health, policy, and sociological issues. More than a century of astonishing change can be traced in JAMA’s pages, from the diagnosis of perceived women’s “disorders” to health insurance to the evolution of antibiotics.

U.S. Congressional Hearings Digital Collection:  It is now possible to search the full text of published U.S. congressional hearings, 1824-2003, recently purchased by the Library and integrated into the larger Proquest Congressional database. Incredibly rich for just about any kind of public-policy research, the hearings document testimony from an extensive cast of characters summoned to Capitol Hill.chinesenewspapers

Chinese Newspapers Collection:  No Chinese language skills necessary! The Library’s subscription to this database includes twelve English-language newspapers published in China, during the years 1832-1953. Includes the North China Herald, China Weekly Review, and the Chinese Recorder.

Piloting New Modes of Access for E-Resources

Bowdoin’s Library, along with 15 other college and university libraries, is collaborating withCUP the University presses of Princeton, Harvard, and Columbia on an e-book access pilot. The pilot, which will run through 2016, provides access to most of the e-book content published by all three presses through an innovative pricing model. The goal of the project is to enable publishers to broaden approaches to content licensing for academic libraries. All of the e-books are available in CBBCat and OneSearch.

Science Direct Backfile Content Pay-Per-View Pilot Project:  Over the past year, the Library has been experimenting with a pay-per-view access model for the pre-1995 journal content in the Elsevier Science Direct database. Researchers now see a Purchase PDF button, SDpurchasewhich enables instant access to the needed article at the Library’s expense. Without our having publicized this new access, Bowdoin researchers have downloaded almost 1,000 articles! We will evaluate the sustainability of this access model in terms of cost in the coming months.

For further information, please contact Joan Campbell, Collections Librarian, at 725-3285 or jcampbe2@bowdoin.edu.

Ramp Gallery: New Exhibit and Opening Reception

RampCanYouPoster-croppedCurated by Sarah Haimes ’15, the new ramp gallery exhibition features 47 student photographers who have captured “moments from abroad.”  Sarah states:

One of the most exciting parts of studying abroad, in addition to establishing a “home away from home”,  is having the ability to travel to other surrounding cities and countries. The curiosity that stems through the desire to explore unknown cultures is uniquely inherent in the images taken during travel. This show is a celebration of those pursuits: it aims to examine the way travel photography has developed in the last several years. In an age where iPhones have amazing camera capabilities and social media is so dominant, the saturation of images has increased to the point that it becomes overwhelming and we end up clicking through many images in a matter of seconds. For the most part, rapid consumption of hundreds of images are placed on the internet so others can acknowledge them more often than not as a record to prove someone did something or was/is somewhere. Through choices in presentation, this show intentionally juxtaposes the prolonged indulgence of the images on the wall in a traditional and static presentation with the touch viewing of ~200 images on the iPad. The intent is to make obvious the quick nature in which we absorb images in our daily lives

Stop by the ramp gallery on Thursday, Oct. 23 4:30-6:30  (basement of HL, on the ramp to Hubbard!) for the opening reception of this exciting show.

Off-Campus Access to Library Databases

Polarbear and computerGot research to do over break? Sorry to hear that, but the good news is…the Library databases can be accessed anywhere in the world with your Bowdoin ID!  (And the bad news is…the Library databases can be accessed anywhere in the world with your Bowdoin ID!)  Just click on the database you want to access and you will be prompted for your name and ID.  More info:  http://library.bowdoin.edu/find/databases-off-campus-access.shtml

ICPSR Data Fair 2014: Powering Sustainable Data Access

Drop in the week of October 6-9, 2014 for one or several webinars offered by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research.  Topics include teaching with data, data management, data sharing, sensitive data, ICPSR datasets, and more. Stop by to view the one-hour webinar presentations of your choice!  All webinars are being held in  H-L Library, Second Floor, Room 7.  For a full schedule and descriptions of the webinars, see ICPSR Data Fair 2014. 

Questions?  Contact Barbara Levergood.

Welcome Class of 2018!

Students at TableWelcome from the Library!  We are here to help you succeed in your study and research, and so each first year student has been assigned a First Year Librarian to help you do just that!  If you missed the message from your First Year Librarian, here’s the list grouped by your last name.  Feel free to contact her or him to introduce yourself if you haven’t already:

Last name begins First Year Librarian
A-Bos Joan Campbell
Bot-Dang Judy Montgomery
Dank-Fre  Karen Jung
Fri-He Carr Ross
Hi-Lem Katie Sasser
Lew-Miller, C  Sue O’Dell
Miller, E-Ph Marjorie Hassen
Pi-Sh Barbara Levergood
Si-Walk  Anne Haas
Wals-Z Carmen Greenlee

We will be offering library tours and office hours in September.  In the meantime, check out the Library’s First Year blog and our Facebook and Twitter pages!


Cambridge Histories Online

CambridgeHistorySearch the venerable Cambridge Histories series of books online, anytime.  We bet you’ll be surprised at the range of subjects to which Cambridge Histories have been devoted–here’s a sampling:    Cambridge Economic History of the Greco-Roman World; Cambridge History of the Romance Languages; Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century Music;  Cambridge World History of Medical Ethics; and the Cambridge History of Islam, to name just a few.

New Streaming Dance, Opera, Classical Music Videos

PulchinellaBravo! The Library now has access to several new streaming performing arts databases, all part of our Music Online collection:

Dance in Video, v. 1 includes ballet, jazz, experimental and other genres of dance. Watch Mark Morris’s “stupid men dance.”

Classical Music in Video. Listen to Lorraine Hunt Lieberson sing Rilke.

Opera in Video: Watch/listen toVerdi’s Otello with Placido Domingo and Kiri Te Kanawa.

For the performers out there, we have also added an additional scores module: Classical Scores, v. 2