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Understanding the different types of academic books
Usually big - you willl often just want to read a chapter or a section rather than the whole book.
They are best for getting a good overall introduction to a topic, and explaining the main theorists and theories..
Best place to start and find the main areas of debate and discussion.
Chapters are written by different authors.
There is an editor or editors on the title page.
In referencing you list the author and title of the chapter, and also the details of the book (see referencing guide).
A specialist book on one topic.
Often (but not always) just one author.
Good for going deeper in academic discussions and debates.
A family of books by a publisher on a similar theme/ area.
By different authors/ editors..
Can be useful for finding other books on a topic.
Festschrifts: Written in honour of a scholar, and the subject matter will be in areas of the scholar's own work and interest.
Conference Proceedings: Sometimes published as a book, and can bring together some of the most recent research in an areas.
Reference Books: Many books in the library are labelled 'reference only' - what we mean by reference books in this context is that they are books you'd dip into for short articles, definitions or statistics.