Ask the Jolly Librarian: Scholarly Books

Hi, Jolly Librarian:

My instructor requires that we bring a scholarly book to class. How do I find such a thing?

Also, my snacks are getting hung up in the vending machine in the library building. Any help?

Signed,

Books Look All the Same to Me

Dear Books:

An excellent question. Here are a few guidelines to help you in your search:

  • Look at the publisher. University presses are an indicator that you’re on the right track. But there are many publishers that focus on scholarly works. Wikipedia has a good list.
  • Look at the author page. You want the authors to be experts in the field. Do they have degrees in the subject? Have they conducted studies or research? Have they published other books on the topic?
  • Ask your friendly librarian for help.

As far as the snack machine, I know just the one you mean. I just buy a second snack that knocks the first one down as well. Then I have two! One warning, though: that doesn’t work with Veggie Straws. They are too light to make an impact.

Sincerely,

JL

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