Books often provide valuable background information on a topic
Books can also provide an overview of all issues pertaining to a topic
Books can lead readers to other sources through their bibliographies
You do not necessarily have to read an entire book for every research paper you have to do. Utilize the index and the chapter titles to narrow down which section of the book is most pertinent to your research.
As a student at Bristol you have access to materials owned by the Bristol Libraries: books, movies and music. Bristol is a member of HELM, a network of academic libraries in Massachusetts. Each library has gathered its respective collections and made them searchable through a common database, called the HELM Catalog. You can search for materials in a number of ways: by title, author, subject, or general keyword. Keyword searching is the most effective method when you are not certain of exact titles or correct spelling.
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Using the HELM Catalog to search and request books
The default search is by keyword,. Notice in the example below we are using just the "key" words to locate relevant sources; full questions or sentences are not needed.