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How can you tell if a book is scholarly? The best way to tell is to look at who publishes it. If it's published by a university press or by several other academic presses (e.g., Blackwell, Routledge, Palgrave, Ashgate) it is scholarly. There are other presses that publish scholarly books as well, depending on the discipline. Another way to decide is to look at the book's intended audience and purpose.
How are scholarly books different from regular books? Scholarly books exist to contribute to knowledge, and they support the research of academics and scholars at all levels. All scholarly books go through an extensive process in which experts in the field read the manuscripts and decide if the book is worthy to be published. In other words, scholarly books are peer reviewed sources.
Google Books is a great supplemental resource. Through the Google Books digitization project, Google has made electronic copies of 12 percent of the world's printed books. You can access the full text of many books that are out of print or unavailable.
Use the field below to search the Google Books library.
If you are looking for books and don't know where to begin, you can search with these call number ranges. Refer to the Library of Congress Classification Outline for more information.
The Carmichael Library uses the Library of Congress classification system to catalogue books. Below is a list of guides to interpreting the call numbers and finding books on the shelf.