Use Primo to locate materials available through ZSR Library. Search by keyword, author, title, or subject, or use the Advanced Search option to combine these features. From the search box, choose "Library Catalog" to search just books, ebooks, films, and similar materials. Choose "Everything" to include individual journal and magazine/news articles, government documents, and HathiTrust books in your search.
Books may serve as either primary or secondary sources, depending on the content and when they were written. Books may also contain references to primary source material in the text or in the bibliography.
You can start with a keyword search to identify relevant items. From there, look at the subject headings used to describe that item to identify other potential items (click on the subject heading to see all other items that are tagged with that subject).
To locate potential primary sources, look for genres/subject headings that contain terms such as diaries, letters, correspondence, autobiography, interviews, or personal narratives.
Some call number ranges that may be helpful:
If you can't find the information you need through the ZSR Library's online catalog, try searching WorldCat, which includes holdings information from other libraries. You can request these books through Interlibrary Loan if you are on campus. (Remember that it may take 1-2 weeks or more for items to arrive through Interlibrary Loan, so plan ahead!) Note that libraries are not allowed to loan ebooks through Interlibrary Loan. In cases where you are unable to access the physical book, but just need a portion of the book, you may be able to request a chapter or two be scanned and emailed to you, rather than a physical copy. You can also check for full text ebooks through resources such as the Internet Archive. Contact me using the links to the right if you have questions!
1. Look at the publisher. Many scholarly books are published by university presses (Oxford University Press, UNC Press, Cambridge University Press, etc.) If you don't see "university" in the publisher name, some other common scholarly presses are: Taylor and Francis, Wiley, Brill, etc. If you aren't sure, look up the name of the publisher online.
2. Look for lists of references and/or footnotes at the end of each chapter or at the end of the book. These may indicate that the book is scholarly.
3. Does the book have an editor or editors? This may be another indicator that the book is scholarly.
4. Still not sure? Ask a librarian or your professor.