There are two types of books in terms of content. These are the scholarly books and the non-scholarly books. Scholarly books can be used as secondary sources to support your arguments. Non-academic books can be used as primary sources.
Watch the videos to find out more differences between these types of books.
There are two types of books in terms of format; ebooks and print books. In our library we offer the ebooks through subscription databases. If you wish to learn more about ebooks you can check our ebooks guide. In our library, we also have a strong print collection of books. You can search for all types of books through our Discovery .
Books offer you detailed and in-depth information about several topics. However, it is not always easy for you to find a book with the title of your topic or the argument that you want to develop. This is why you should look inside the book to locate relevant information.
Suppose that you want to do research on the effects of pesticides on public health. You find the book Agricultural and Food Controversies: What Everyone Needs to Know. It is not obvious from the title that it includes relevant information. So, you can always check:
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Print book locations
Library lower level: This is where we keep all books from which you can borrow.
Library main level: This is where we keep all the books that you need for quick reference like encyclopedias and dictionaries. We also keep reserve books.
On the shelves
We place books on the shelves based on the following fields:
000 – Computer science, information & general works
100 – Philosophy & psychology
200 – Religion
300 – Social sciences
400 – Language
500 – Science
600 – Technology
700 – Arts & recreation
800 – Literature
900 – History & geography
Each one of these fields has sub-fields . Each book carries a spine label with a unique code, the call number. Call numbers look like 153.4 K73. They give you the exact position of the books on the shelves and indicate their area of knowledge.
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