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Primo is your gateway to books available in Collins Library as well as SUMMIT libraries. SUMMIT books take about 3-5 business days to arrive, so plan ahead!
Using Library of Congress Subject Headings
Catalogers assign one or more Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) to books using a controlled vocabulary. LCSH are an excellent way to find more relevant books on your topic.
- Start with a scholarly book recommended to you by your professor or one that is listed in a subject encyclopedia article.
- Look up that book in Primo, and then select "Item details."
- You'll see hyperlinked Library of Congress Subject Headings. Click on any of these and you'll get a list of other books that share this subject heading!
What's a Monograph?
A scholarly monograph:
- Is a one-volume work
- Gives in-depth treatment to a specialized subject
- Is written by a scholar in the field
- Is written mainly for an academic audience
How to identify a monograph written by a historian:
- See where it is shelved in the Library of Congress system
- Look for call letters that start with "D," "E," "F," or "HQ."
- For history of science, technology or medicine, look for call letters that start with Q-Z.
- Look carefully at the "item details" tab in the catalog record.
- Is it published by a university press or academic publisher?
- Does it include notes and a bibliography?
Example of a scholarly monograph written by a historian:
This Gulf of Fire: Apocalypse in the Age of Science and Reason by
Call Number: Print Books (DP762 .M65 2015 )
Publication Date: 2015
Drawing on a wealth of new sources, Mark Molesky gives us the authoritative account of the Great Lisbon Disaster and its impact on the Western world--including descriptions of the world's first international relief effort; the rise of a brutal, yet modernizing, dictatorship in Portugal; and the effect of the disaster on the spirit and direction of the European Enlightenment.