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Greenfield Upper School Students: Book/e-Book Sources

When to Use (and When NOT to Use) Books as Information Sources for Your Research

DO USE a book or e-book as your information source. . .

  • . . . if you're looking for both breadth and depth on your topic
  • . . . if you're interested in learning the story behind your topic and what has led up to it
  • . . . if you're interested in placing your topic in broader context
  • . . . if you're interested in learning about your topic in great detail

DO NOT USE a book or e-book as your information source. . . 

  • . . . if you're looking for a quick overview of a complex topic
  • . . . if you're looking for very current information (books take several years to publish, so by the time of publication, some of the data may be a year or more old)

Search for Books/E-books

Tip:

Remember that you may need to search the online catalog using only one keyword (such as immigration) or phrase (such as gun control), or a broader term to find book sources on your topic. If you are too specific when searching the library catalog, you may get zero hits; if that happens, keep it more broad and try again using only one keyword. Or search one of the e-book databases individually, which allows you to search every word of every book, and therefor allows you to use more than on keyword.

(Although you can search the Online Catalog from off campus without a password, there may be some resources, such as e-books, that will require a Barton login for off campus access.  You have been given this Barton login information along with your library card.)

 

(Because of subscriber restrictions, the following tools will require the Barton Login on the back of your library card to access.)

  • Search ebrary (to search the full text of 80,000+ e-books--our largest e-book collection)

Tip:

When searching ebrary, you can be much more specific in your search and use several keywords at a time since it searches every word of every single e-book in the many thousands in its collection.  

Tip:

When searching eBooks on EBSCOhost, you can be much more specific in your search and use several keywords at a time since it searches every word of every single e-book in the thousands in its collection. 

Search Electronic Reference Book Collections