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 book collections on shelves called "stacks." Some books are now available electronically on the Web (e-books).

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


  • Patchett, Ann. Truth and Beauty: A Friendship, 2004.
  • Knapp, Michael. E-commerce: Real Issues and Cases, 2003.
  • Kreidler, William. Adventures in Peacemaking, 1995.