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SSI2-124: Utopia/Dystopia: Finding Monographs (Scholarly Books)

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How to Read a Call Number

If you've never had to find a specific book in a college library before, the task can seem rather daunting at first. This short video tutorial will help you learn how to read and interpret Library of Congress Call numbers. If you have any questions about finding materials that you need, please do not hesitate to ask any Collins Library staff member--we're here to help!

What's a Monograph?

Historians produce scholarship in several different genres, including entries in specialized subject encyclopedias; edited and annotated volumes of primary sources; surveys or textbooks; articles published in scholarly journals; articles aimed at a general audience that are published in popular venues such as magazines or blogs; scholarly essays published as part of a digital humanities project; and monographs.

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.

Primo is the best tool to use when searching for monographs.  When you see a title that might be relevant to your research, be sure to click on the "item details" tab in the catalog record to find out more information about it.  Typically the full catalog record will provide several clues to help you determine whether the title is a scholarly monograph written by a historian:

Annotated Image of a Catalog Record