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Scholarly Books by Mind Map: Scholarly Books
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Scholarly Books

Finding Scholarly Books

Netlibrary

NetLibrary Information at ZSR

ZSR Catalogue

Google Books

WorldCat

Search EVERYTHING!

Amazon.com

What to Look For

Purpose-why was the book written?

To Persuade-to change a point of view

To inform-historical events; results of an experiment

To entertain- most fiction or humor books

Teach how to do something- business plan

Give an overview- encyclopedia; textbooks

Publisher

University Press; Commercial publisher; Professional or Trade Assoc; Gov't; Vanity Press

Organization

Look at the Table of Contents to see if the book is organized in a logical manner

Added material- Check for an appendix

Date

Geology vs. Health Science- some areas value only current info

Author

are they an expert in the field, or just out standing in a field?

Bibliography

Scholarly works ALWAYS have a bibliography

look at the bibliography for length, primary sources, and consistent citation style

Usefulness

does the book support your topic

Coverage

does the book cover the topic comprehensively

Audience

what reading group is the author writing for?...general, students, professionals, scholars, etc

Illustrations

are photos, charts, graphs, used to illustration concepts in the book.

Definition

Scholarly books are generally written by university professors who are experts in their fields and often provide a thorough overview of a particular subject.

In Class Exercise

Locate a scholarly book on your topic using one of the sources we discussed