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General Hints on Finding Books
- Books cover fairly broad topics
- Search for broader topics that what you are going to write or speak about
- Look for chapters or sections of a book on your topic
- You can search for books from just SDSU or from many libraries in South Dakota using the library's catalog
- You can search for books from libraries around the world using WorldCat
- You can request a book from another library
- Make sure you have a week or two before you need the book if you want to request it
Request a Book Through Interlibrary Loan from WorldCat
Scholarly vs Non-scholarly Books
Like articles, books range from complete make believe (fiction) to scholarly treateses on a topic. There is no easy way to search for "scholarly books" and limit to those that meet certain criteria. Instead, it is important to know the reliable publishers in a particular field.
University Presses - University presses generally publish scholarly books.
Private Publishers - Look at the list of items published in sociology from a publisher's webpage. You can get an idea the type of items they publish from the list of titles. You can also find reviews of publishers on the web. Also, look for information for authors and see if they talk about the editorial process, reviewing process, and the types of books they publish.