Books

Books

At the college level, you will be using books that have been written for an academic audience (scholars, scientists, and student researchers), rather than for the general public. These books typically contain more scholarly or scientific information (e.g. data, research studies, analysis of many other academic sources) and have extensive bibliographies.

Academic books have also been edited and reviewed by experts in the field, so you know the information is reliable. Since it takes years to write and publish academic books, they are not always the best sources for very current events and issues.

Use books…

  • when you need an overview or general information about a topic.
  • to find summaries of research to support an argument.
  • to put your topic in context with other important events or issues.
  • to find established theories and facts.
  • to find historical information.
  • to find classic treatises and works (e.g. Darwin on Evolution, Plato on political philosophy).