1. Start with specific titles suggested in subject encyclopedia entries.
2. Identify the Library of Congress Subject Headings for that book to identify additional books on the topic.
3. If required for your assignment, make sure that the book is scholarly.
4. Use the Preview feature, if available, to skim through the contents via Google Books.
All books in the catalog are assigned Library of Congress Subject Headings, which is kind of like an official version of tagging. You can find each book's subject headings on the catalog record.
Here are some examples of potentially relevant subject headings. Click on any of these subject headings to find even more books on the topic.
Here are some clues to look for in the catalog record when you are evaluating whether a book is scholarly or popular:
When you have the book in hand, and still aren't sure if it is scholarly, you might want to do a little more digging, perhaps with a couple of quick Google searches:
Scopes are different collections to search. Change scopes by using the drop down menu next to the search box. The default scope is 'Collins, Summit, and Articles.' It includes items owned, subscribed to, or accessible by Collins Library, and items owned by the 39 academic libraries in the Orbis Cascade Alliance. Selected articles subscribed to by Collins Library are available. Search individual databases for more comprehensive results.
Other scope options are:
Collins and Summit
Collins Library uses the Library of Congress classification scheme to organize books on the shelves. Follow these tips to find the book you need.