As a general rule, use books when you need an in-depth, comprehensive treatment of a subject, historical event, or person. The Library Catalog is the primary tool for identifying and locating books.
The majority of non-fiction books owned by the library are scholarly, academic works, but there are exceptions. When considering authority, the identity of the publisher often indicates whether a book is likely to be scholarly in nature. You may want to look for:
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Look in a book's introductory and end pages for information about an author. Additional information sometimes can be found in the following:
From the records in OneSearch, you can identify a book's publisher and date of publication. If there is a "more info" link, you usually will find the book's table of contents and a summary. A review from an academic source sometimes will be provided, also.
In addition to publisher, publication date, "more info," and possible contents notes, a detailed record view may have additional information that will help you consider the appropriateness of a book:
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