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FREN 420: Classicism and Enlightenment

What about books?

Scholarly books can also be excellent sources for establishing historical and cultural background or placing your topic in context with related issues. 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

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Library of Congress Subject Headings

Collins Library uses Library of Congress Subject Headings to describe the content of books. In many ways, subject headings are a form of tagging, in that they represent the content of the material and provide ways for you to efficiently locate more materials that are conceptually related.

Broad focus (examples):

France -- Civilization -- 17th century

France -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799

Enlightenment -- France​

France -- Intellectual life -- 18th century

Paris (France) -- Social life and customs -- 18th century

Middle class -- France -- History

Specific focus (examples):

Costume -- France -- Histoire

Clothing trade -- France -- History

Fashion -- France -- History -- 17th century

Textile design -- France -- History -- 18th century -- Catalogs

Subject-Specific Titles