Besides being "super-great-things-to escape-inside-by-reading-them", books can help you with research. Some books contain criticisms and essays by multiple authors, much like journals contain articles. And once you've found a book that is relevant, check out the bibliography (usually in the back of the book or at the end of chapters) for citations the author used to write the book. These can lead you to more relevant sources, in books, and in journals. Browsing a general topic book can also help you narrow your topic to something more specific, or give you ideas for completely different topics or papers.
The library now features a Popular Reading Collection, located on the first floor in front of the Circulation desk and the elevator. While not essential to research, these titles do provide quality entertainment when you need a break from writing "that paper." There are three different categories, defined by colored tape on the spine:
You can check them out, then "check them out" at the Circulation Desk.
Books are shelved according to the Dewey Decimal System. All of our books can be found in the Basement of the library, accessed either by the elevator or the main front stairwell.
Here are some suggested Dewey Decimal areas for browsing the library’s shelves for books for Literature :
The following are collections of full text electronic books available to you through your library. For instructions or assistance viewing or downloading, click on the "help" box in each collection:
The following databases contain streaming videos. Both are chock full of educational, as well as entertaining, films and clips.
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