3: Books as Information Sources:
Section 1 of 6, INTRODUCTION, page 1 of 1.
Everyone knows what books are. Books, both print and electronic, are excellent sources of information. This tutorial module will show you how to identify and obtain such materials.
Where are the books?
- The print books are in the TROY Libraries. Students may also choose to make use of other, non-TROY libraries, in their local area.
- The electronic books (eBooks) are in databases (electronic search services) provided by the TROY Library for its patrons, and may be accessed online.
How do you know what books are available?
- By searching the Library Catalog.
- By searching the book databases.
How do you get your hands (or at least your eyes) on the books?
- Print books may be checked out from the library in which they are held. Patrons not local to the library may request books be sent to them via the Library's Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service.
- Electronic books are accessed online. They can be viewed online and, in some cases, may be saved, printed, and e-mailed. Access to the Library's databases is restricted to TROY Faculty, staff, and registered students (taking classes during the current class term). The username and password to access the databases of the Troy University Library is your TROY e-mail username and password.
How do you know if a book (or any other source of information) is suitable for your research?
- Module 7 of this tutorial, Evaluating Sources, discusses such issues.
How do you know how to document (create citations and references for) books?
- Information on that subject is provided in this and other modules of this tutorial.
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