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." A few books are now available electronically on the Web (e-books) and are purchased by your library.
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.
Coupey, Eloise. Marketing and the Internet, 2001.
Smith, J. T. Roman Villas: A Study in Social Structure, 1997
Blinn College's Library Catalog
The Library Catalog identifies every item in the library and will point you to its location. The catalog includes books, journals, magazines, newspapers, videos, music, government documents, images, and more.
However, you won't find periodical articles in the Library Catalog. You'll need to use an periodical index to identify articles by topic.
Use the Library Catalog