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SSI2-142: Pirates: Argument (scholarly) sources: Books

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Library of Congress Subject Headings

Tip:  When you find a secondary source that is especially useful for your research project, look at its full record in Primo to find its Library of Congress Subject Headings.  Click on one of them and you'll find every other book that shares that same subject heading.

What's a Monograph?

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:

  • 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.
  • Includes the "scholarly apparatus" of footnotes or in-text citations and a bibliography that contains both primary and secondary sources.
  • Typically is published by a university press or other academic publisher (such as Ashgate, Routledge, Taylor & Francis, Wiley.)

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.