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Research Strategies


CBBcat is the combined library catalog of the Bates, Bowdoin, and Colby College libraries. As a Bates student, faculty, or staff, you can use CBBcat to find and request books, DVDs, and other physical materials at all three colleges. You can also use CBBcat to find online resources to which Bates subscribes. Unlike LibrarySearch+, CBBcat does not contain individual articles from our journal and magazine subscriptions.

Searching CBBcat

search box for CBBcat on library homepage

Select CBBcat from the library homepage. You can search by keyword, title (exact word order) or author (last name first).

You can also search for a specific CD, DVD or journal title.

Getting a Bates Book

After you find an item that you want, check the “Location.” You will be able to see if books are located at Bates, Colby, and Bowdoin. “Bates Bookstacks” or other Bates locations indicates that the book is available at Ladd Library. A book will be labeled with the status “Available” if it is on the shelf and ready for you to check out.

Location, Bates Bookstacks.	Call No., PS3555.R42 A8 1998 . Status, Available

You can use the Call No. to find the book in Ladd Library (see How to Read Call Numbers (PDF) and our stacks guide -- or click on the location to see on which floor the call number can be found).

CBB Request link

If you would like us to pull this book for you, click on CBB Request.

  1. Enter your name and ID -- the same as on your ID card
  2. Select the Bates copy and request
  3. You will get an email when the book is available to pick up at the Circulation Desk (first floor) in Ladd Library.

Requesting from Colby or Bowdoin

CBB Request link

If the Bates copy is checked out, the status will show a due date instead of "Available." For any book that is checked out, or we just don't own, check to see if there is a copy available at Colby or Bates. These can be requested and delivered to Bates so you can check them out just like one of ours.

  1. Click on CBB Request.
  2. Enter your name and ID -- the same as on your ID card
  3. Select an available copy and request
  4. You will get an email when the book is available to pick up at the Circulation Desk (first floor) in Ladd Library.

Requesting through MaineCat

If all the copies at Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin are checked out or there are no copies available through CBB, you can also look for books at other local libraries in Maine through MaineCat. The Search MaineCat button appears in CBBcat on the right-hand side of the page for each book.

Once you've clicked on Search MaineCat and found the book, click on “Request this item” and then select “Bates College” from the list of home libraries, and then submit. You will receive an email and be able to pick up the book at the Circulation Desk at Ladd Library when it arrives.

Use the Request This Item link to request

You can also use the Bates ILL (interlibrary loan) link on the right hand side under the Search MaineCat button. This allows you to request a book from libraries all over the world. But your interlibrary loan request won’t be filled if the book is in CBBcat or MaineCat, so try those first.

Finding a journal

CBBcat only lists journals by title; it does not contain information about individual articles within journals or newspapers. When you have found an article citation from a printed source (like a book or another article), you can search for it in LibrarySearch+, or you use the Journal Title search from CBBcat to find out if we subscribe to the journal.

search for current anthropology by journal title

Select CBBcat from the library homepage. Click on the “Journal Title” button and enter the specific title in the search box.

If the journal title appears in the search results, click on one of the links below the title to access the journal's homepage. Use the citation to locate the correct year of publication.

Availability for the journal Current Anthropology

If the journal title does not appear in the search results, make a request through Interlibrary Loan to get a scanned copy of the article you need.