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SRS 200

Background Material

Credo Reference - online library with publications on a variety of topics.

The following Reference Books are authoritativeinformative, and conciseOf the three, authoritative counts the most.

Getting Started

from the Library home page:

  • Primo allows you to search across a large portion of the library's collections to explore topics, identify relevant databases, and evaluate the results, all within a single search experience. Results include books, journal articles, and more.
  • Databases tab will help you to start looking for journal articles. 
  • The Journals tab lists what journals and newspapers the library has access to. If you have found a citation and want to see if you can get to the full-text, use this tab to search for the journal title.(not the article title)

Books in the Catalog

Try: keyword searches relevant to your topic. 

Look at the subjects for a book that is of interest to you.  Follow the subject links to more resources on the topic. Books are organized by subject on the shelves - you can browse for other titles nearby.

With Primoscopes are searchable domains...the default scope is to search everything, books, articles and more. "everything" combines the library catalog(mostly books) and e-resources (mostly articles).

Books as scholarly sources

Do books count as scholarly sources?

Scholarly books are written for scholars/researchers in the author's field, and are typically intended to share research findings and contribute to the ongoing scholarly "conversation." Textbooks, encyclopedias, and books published for commercial audiences often do not count as scholalry.

Consider these questions when you're deciding if a book is academic or not:

  • Who is the author? The author should be an expert in the topic of the book with graduate degrees and preferably a current position at a research institution
  • Where does the information come from? There should be a list of cited sources and other evidence in the book to support the arguments or findings.
  • Who is the book written for? The book should not be written for laymen.
  • Who published it? Academic book publishers are often university presses, like Oxford University Press, but you will encounter other academic publishers, such as Routledge and Palgrave.

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