A book is a longer publication focused on one aspect of a topic. The introduction to a scholarly or technical book usually offers an overview and is an excellent place to start your research. Books can be primary, secondary, or tertiary sources. Due to their length, books take longer to publish than articles. Scholarly books go through the same peer-review process as articles. The publisher will be a clue as to whether the book is scholarly, for professionals, or for general readers. Our library has books in print, online, downloadable, and even audiobook formats.
We have several series of print books that cover current issues relevant to public affairs and social services. Topics include capital punishment, cyber crime, gun safety, prisons, social media, substance abuse policy, and many more. Each book is shelved by its specific topic, but you can view the entire series in IvyCat using the links below: