Book chapters

Books cover virtually any topic, fact or fiction. Books that synthesize all the information on one topic may be the most useful for your research. However, you may also use books in which only one or two chapters address your topic.

Libraries organize and store their book collections on shelves called stacks. Many books are now available electronically on the Web (e-books) and are purchased by your library.

Use a Book...
  • when looking for an extensive amount of information on a topic.
  • to put your topic in context with other important issues.
  • to find historical information.
  • to find summaries of research to support an argument.
  • to find bibliographies that point to other relevant research.
Examples of Books:
  • Barbara A. Chernow. Beyond the Internet: Successful Research Strategies, 2007.
  • Theodore Kornweibel, Jr. Railroads in the African American Experience: a Photographic Journey, 2010.
  • Daragh O'Reilly and Finola Kerrigan, editors. Marketing the Arts: a Fresh Approach, 2010.
  • Jodi Picoult My Sister's Keeper : a novel, 2005.