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Research Strategies

Requesting material from other libraries

For books, DVDs/videos, sound recordings, etc.

Request it yourself from Colby or Bowdoin via our shared catalog (2-3 days)
Request it yourself from a state of Maine partner; includes CBB (2-5 days)

If it's not available via CBB or MaineCat:

Submit an ILL request and let us track it down for you (3-10 days)

For journal articles or book chapters

First check our journal title search to see if we subscribe

If we don't subscribe in print or electronic:

Search with LibrarySearch+, with the "ADD RESULTS BEYOND THE BATES COLLECTION" box checked. Follow the links to request via ILL.
Submit an interlibrary loan request and let us track it down for you (1-5 days)