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WR 080 / 090 / 115 Scott: OK to Use a Chapter from a Scholarly Book

Scholarly Books

Scholarly books use technical language, are written by experts for experts, and employ "scholarly apparatus" such as detailed references giving the sources of information used. 

There are also books which, although they are not "scholarly" in the same sense, are highly specialized, and are intended for a reader in a specific field. (An example is Safe Operation of Fire Tankers, published by the U.S. Fire Administration.)

There is no "checkoff" option in the library search to determine scholarly/popular status for books. In general, you must look at the book, examine its language, and determine its intended audience in order to determine whether it is popular or scholarly/field specific. 

Need help determining if a book is popular or scholarly? Ask a librarian.

Using Library Search

This short video will show you how to use Library Search to discover books and articles in print and full text online at Chemeketa and many other libraries.

Fall 2015 Assignment

In this essay you will provide a summary and evaluation of a scholarly or academic article within your field of study and/or interest.

In the library today we will discuss how to locate a scholarly or academic article using resources at Chemeketa Community College.

Then, you will be asked to choose an article and write an MLA citation. 

Here are the steps for today in detail:

1.Brainstorm ideas for your topic including keywords to use for searching

2.Practice using a library database to locate articles 

3.Choose an article of interest and create an MLA Works Cited citation for it

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