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ENGL 1010 - Bagneris

Why Books?


  • place a topic within a bigger picture (aka contextualization),
  • provide more expansive coverage of a topic, and
  • draw upon a wider range of preexisting scholarship.

Books also excel at placing an argument in broader thematic and disciplinary context.

Books are not good at responding to recent events. They take time to research, write, and publish (years, usually!). So while they may not speak about an event that happened last month, they can provide rich historical and analytical contexts that help us understand that thing that happened last month.

How Libraries Organize Information

Need a recap on how academic libraries organize information and sort it on their shelves?

This video, created by the librarians at Pollack Library (University of California, Fullerton), explains how to read a call number, how call numbers are organized on a shelf, and how to find the call number in Library Search. Keep in mind, the video uses the Pollack Library search interface in this last part but we happen to use the same system so expect small differences but the concepts remain the same.

When You Need More

Tulane University Libraries has an incredibly large and deep collection of print and electronic resources. Even so, you may find that we simply don't have what you're looking for. The Library has forged partnerships with a number of local and national organizations that will  help fill that need even if we don't have what you're looking for on our physical or virtual book shelves.

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