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Why Books?

photo of Paley Library card catalogs

Paley Library ground floor, card catalogs. 1966. from Special Collections Research Center (SCRC), Temple University Libraries.

Question: What value lies in books? Why, for example, would a researcher choose a book over a journal?

Answer: Because of their length, books tend to provide more comprehensive treatment of a topic. Books can also be useful for providing footnotes to additional materials.