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GO 100: People, Places and Environments: Books

This research guide will help you find library and web resources for GO100 and related topics.

Why Use Books in Library Research?

Books can be very useful at the beginning of your project when you're doing background or in-depth research on a topic:

  • Reference books can help with definitions, pronunciation, basic facts 
  • Include detailed information on a topic as well as related issues
  • Provide overview and background
  • May include an index with quick access to key people, places, dates
  • Academic books rigorously researched and vetted

Reference

Finding Books at the MU Library

Searching With Subject Headings

Once you find a book on your topic, be sure to look at the book's subject heading. Clicking on this heading will take you to other books on your topic.

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Why Should I Use Reference Resources?

Beginning your research with reference resources helps you discover background information like terminology, central figures and dates and an overview of existing literature on your topic. Look for:

  • Definitions of key terms
  • Historical context
  • Biographical information
  • Critical interpretation of texts
  • Bibliographies detailing relevant scholarship

E-Books

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