Question: What value lies in using scholarly sources, such as peer-reviewed journal articles or books published by university presses? Why, for example, would a researcher choose a scholarly source over a news story or blog post?
Answer: Scholarly sources have a different level of authority and credibility because they have been approved by a group with recognized expertise in the field under discussion. That approval process includes many steps for verifying facts, reducing bias, and for identifying conflicts of interest. To help aid that process, authors organize and structure their scholarly work differently in order to document evidence that either supports or negates claims and conclusions.
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You've got a call number to a book -- great! But, how do you read it so you can find the book on the shelves?
Read the first line in alphabetical order: A, B, BF, C, D... L, LA, LB, LC, M, ML...
Read the second line as a whole number: 1, 2, 3, 45, 100, 101, 1000, 2000, 2430...
The third line is a combination of a letter and numbers. Read the letter alphabetically. Read the number as a decimal, e.g.: .F64 = .64, .C724 = .724
Some call numbers have more than one combination letter-number line.
The last line is the year the book was published. Read in chronological order: 1843, 1972, 2010…