Primo is a library search tool for finding materials in the Collins Library and Summit libraries. You can search for books, selected articles and more in a single search box.
Tip: Start your search with a title from the bibliography of an entry in a subject encyclopedia, and then use Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) under "item details" to find more books on the topic!
A sampling of potentially relevant books is listed below.
Scholars produce writing 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:
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.
It is not usually necessary to read a book from cover to cover to engage with the author's argument - instead, you may focus on a particular chapter or use the index to find parts most relevant to your needs.
When evaluating a monograph, it is often useful to begin with the introduction and conclusion to find a summary of the book's argument and findings, or an explanation of how the author's work fits within relevant scholarly debates. Focus on identifying the main lines of argument throughout each section or chapter and look out for key pieces of evidence the author uses to support their claims.
In this activity, you will work in pairs to evaluate a scholarly monograph and record your notes on this Google spreadsheet: "Gutting" a Monograph
Collins Library uses the Library of Congress classification scheme to organize books on the shelves. Follow these tips to find the book you need.
This subject guide highlights only a small portion of the many resources available to you. If you're not finding what you need, don't hesitate to contact Katy!