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SSI2-194: Castles: Finding Monographs (Scholarly Books)

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Subject Searches: Familiarize yourself with the Library of Congress Subject Headings and the call numbers associated with them. When you find a subject heading that describes what you are looking for, you can run searches in Primo and/or go up to the stacks and browse the shelves within that call number range. Some specific examples of relevant Library of Congress Subject Headings include:

Tip:  Use the bibliographies in subject encyclopedias to identify specific titles of books.  Once you find a book that is useful for you, take a look at its subject headings to find more like that.

What's a Monograph?

Historians produce scholarship 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.

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.  Typically the full catalog record will provide several clues to help you determine whether the title is a scholarly monograph written by a historian:

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