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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," or "F."
- Look carefully at the "item details" tab in the catalog record.
Examples of scholarly monographs written by historians:
By consulting book reviews of the scholarly works you are reading, you can gain a better understanding of the place of a particular work within the field. Here are a few tips for locating book reviews:
- Run a title search in Primo. Often the reviews of a book will turn up in the same search.
- Search America: History and Life for reviews.
- JSTOR: Run a title search and limit the results to "review."