Books cover virtually any topic, fact or fiction. For research purposes, you will probably be looking for books that synthesize all the information on one topic.

Libraries organize and store their print book collections on shelves called "stacks." Libraries often collect audio versions of books as well. Some books are now available online as e-books and are purchased by libraries. Free e-book sites such as Project Gutenberg are accessible on the Web.

Use a Book

  • when looking for a lot of information on a topic
  • to put your topic in context with other important issues
  • to find historical information
  • to find summaries of research to support an argument


  • Nash, Gary B. ed. The American People: Creating a Nation and a Society, 1990.
  • Massey, Anne. Interior Design Since 1900, 2008.
  • Juon, Catherine. Internet Marketing, Start-to-Finish, 2012.