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ADHD and Scholarly Books

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.

ADHD In The Schools

 Some of those topics coming to us this past week include:

  • ADHD
  • 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:

 Question:  

How can I tell if a book is scholarly?

 Answer

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.

This Week in Reference:  October 5 - 11, 2014

 
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