September 14th, 2012

What’s the Point of Using Library Books for a Graduate Program?

Image of person shrugging in silhouetteMasters and doctoral level courses require that you cite information from peer-reviewed journal articles as support for your work, so why would you ever want to bother with a book that’s not a required text for your course?

There many good reasons: Books can explain concepts, provide the history of a field, describe who the major theorists and practitioners are in a field, and make connections between your area of research and other related fields. This information can provide you with a better understanding of your discipline and the jargon of your field. Additionally, the information you find in books may help you generate ideas for research topics or even for keywords that you can then use to search the journal databases for peer-reviewed articles.

All these reasons are why Capella University Library carries over 90,00 ebooks for your use. We have four collections that carry encyclopedias, dictionaries and other reference books:

We also have three general book databases that carry books on all sorts of topics, from psychology to statistics to homeland security:

  • PsycBOOKS: As the name suggests, all titles in this collection are related to psychological topics.
  • Ebrary: This is our most current collection of general interest ebooks.
  • Ebooks on Ebscohost: General interest ebooks.

If you need assistance in using these, or any other library databases, you can use the database guides for instructions and additional search tips.

– Kim


Comment from LeRoy R. Thibeau, Jr.
Time October 18, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Dear Kim, This article is very true in the academic world. We can learn daily just from our surroundings. Capella offering 90,000 Ebooks for our use is great. But being a Sub-Deacon in an Russian Orthodox Church that sometime we can mix the old with the new and come out better informed. I use technology with great care, the internet can be a great tool but a dangerous place too. I’m 55 years old and was raised in Yult, Siberia. My grandmother Olga Kolpakov taught me to gain wisdom and knowledge in everything I do, therefore I conclude by saying an online education is a great advancement, if used with caution and wisdom. The same is true about where we gain our materials from and how we apply them in our educational goals.

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