What is a monograph?
A book, usually by a single author, which addresses one topic or area
What is an anthology or edited work?
A book in which several authors contributed pieces to a larger work. You know you have one when you look at the table of contents and each chapter is by a different author
How do you find them?
For anthologies/edited works:
A classmate of yours asked how to find ebooks, as well as how to find anthologies and monographs in the catalog. This short video explains the process:
To ensure you retrieve periodicals when you search, limit your search results to "magazines" or "newspapers"
To ensure you retrieve scholarly, peer-reviewed articles when you search, limit your search results to "scholarly" and "peer-reviewed"
What is a reference work?
A book (such as a dictionary, encyclopedia, handbook, etc.) intended primarily for consultation rather than for consecutive reading. Usually, these contain short, fact-driven entries.
How do you find reference works?
Performa a simple BANC search using your keywords and then limit to "Reference Collection"
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Use a database of reference books, such as Gale Virtual Reference, linked to below
What are academic websites?
A website created by an academic institution (or their faculty) that addresses specific areas of research. This is NOT the same as a peer-reviewed article found in an online database.
How do you find these sites?
Use Google's Advanced Search Feature to limit your results to only academic sites. Search for sites ending in the extension ".edu"
Another option for reliable electronic resources is streaming scholarly videos. The database below is like a scholarly Netflix, full of reliable documentaries.
Primary sources in the Humanities (history, literature, religion) focus on original documents or accounts contemporary to a specific event or an individual’s life. Terms such as “eyewitness” or “firsthand” are also commonly used to describe these sources. Autobiographical accounts written at a later date are also considered primary sources. Letters, diaries, journal entries, public records as well as contemporaneous newspapers articles offer solid examples of this type of primary source. Fictional works such as short stories or novels written during that specific time period constitute primary documents, too.
In the Arts (art, dance, music, theatre) primary sources are as diverse as the various disciplines in the category. They may include paintings, sculpture, prints, performances, video or audio recordings, scripts, or musical scores.