We are seeing and hearing from lots of students in the
School for New Learning working on their Advanced Projects, many students from
International Studies researching Ludwig II, and still more students with their
own varied, interesting, complicated research needs.
Some of those topics coming to us this past week include:
- South China Sea
- Suicide in Europe in the 19th century
- State lotteries and the funding of public education
- Vietnamese population in France in the 1970s
And, an in-depth look at some conversations we’ve had via
IM, in person, through email, or over the phone:
How can I tell if a book is scholarly?
For an overview of what makes
something scholarly, visit our FAQ: How Do I Find Scholarly Articles?
Much is the same for books. Look to
see if the author has an academic affiliation, e.g. Joe Smith, Professor
at Harvard. You might also note if the publisher is a university press,
e.g., University of Chicago Press. In addition, check to see if there are footnotes or references or a bibliography in the
book. Scholarly sources should indicate what resources the authors
consulted in arriving at their conclusions.
You can always ask a librarian if
you are not sure that a specific book or article is appropriate. Just because something is not scholarly
doesn't necessarily mean that it won't be useful to you.
Week in Reference: October 5 - 11, 2014