An Online Tutorial Taking You Through the Steps of the Library Research Process Books

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Tutorial Contents:
  1. Library Map & Virtual Tour
  2. Avoiding Impulse Buys
  3. Size & Shape of Information
  4. Most Bang for Your Buck
  5. Trying it on for Size
  6. Don't Shoplift!


Books cover virtually any topic, fact or fiction. For research purposes, you will probably be looking for books that synthesize all the information on one topic to support a particular argument or thesis. Libraries organize and store their book collections on shelves called "stacks." Most of the time, you will be using the library's online catalog to locate books, both in print and electronic format, in our collection.

Use a Book

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when looking for comprehensive information on a topic

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to put your topic in context with other important issues

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to find historical information

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to find summaries of research to support an argument

Examples

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Native North American Art

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The Ethics of Genetic Engineering

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Understanding the Great Gatsby: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents

 Here's information on how to search the library catalog.

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