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Library Resources for DTLA Students: Finding Books

Library of Congress Classification Outline

Library of Congress Classification Outline- Describes the main classes/ subject areas of the LC system.

Databases of Reference Resources

What Makes a Book Scholarly?

Publisher:  Who is the publisher? Is it a university press? Is it publisher well-known for printing and distributing scholarly books like McGraw-Hill or SAGE? Visit the publisher's website to verify.

Author:  What is the author's credentials or educational background? Is he or she recognized in her field of research? How many publications has that author produced?

References & Bibliography:  A bibliography at the end of the book is a strong indicator of the book's contribution to scholarship, but be sure to note who exactly is being cited and their relevancy as well.

Content:  How accurate and thorough is the content? Is there a bias? Look at the supporting material as well (graphs, charts, interviews, appendices, footnotes, etc.).

Primary vs. Secondary/Tertiary Sources:  A primary source is an original source of work. Second (or tertiary) sources are reviews or overviews of previous research by other scholars.

Finding E-books in the Library Catalog

Use the Library Catalog to search for books in the Cal State LA Library. 

To search for e-books, use the Advanced Search  and limit by material type to e-books/ ejournals.


E-book Collections

Primary vs. Secondary Sources

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