HIST 152: Find Books, eBooks, and more.
Research Tip -- Books
- You do not need to read the whole book! Oftentimes, you will just need a section or chapter.
- Use the Index and Table of Contents to help you find useful sections for your project.
- Pay attention to the publication date. Information/statistics can quickly become outdated in books.
- Oftentimes, the introduction to the book will give you a summary of the chapters and argument of the book.
-- When was the information created?
-- Does your topic require updated information?
-- Does the information relate to your paper/project?
-- Is it written at an appropriate level? (not too advanced or elementary)
-- Is the author qualified to write on this subject?
-- Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source?
-- Where does the information come from?
-- Is the information supported by legitimate sources?
-- Why was the site created (advertising, share knowledge, entertainment)?
-- Do the authors make their intentions clear?
The library has a new search system that will search all the library holdings (books, films, and articles) at one time. Be aware that you will get a lot of results.
Here is a helpful video on using OneSearch: