Library:Library Research Skills For Biologists/Module 3/Module 3D Using Books/Page 01

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You've found a book that you think might have some information about your topic. What's next?


A. Check the Table of Contents

First check the Table of Contents in the front of the book to see if there is a whole chapter devoted to your subject.

Sample image showing the Table of Contents from the front of a book
Image Credits: [1]


B. Check the Index

If there isn't an entire chapter, check the Index at the back of the book for relevant page references.

  1. Note that under a major heading (e.g. Balanomorpha), there may be indented terms that can lead you to the appropriate aspect of the topic (e.g. diversity).

  2. A range of pages will usually offer more information than a single page.

  3. Often a page that contains an illustration, graph or table will be italicized or bolded.

  4. Some books have a taxonomic index in addition to a general index. If that's the case, you can look up an organism in the taxonomic index.
Sample image showing the Index from the back of a book
Image Credits: [2]



Image Credits:

  1. Anderson, D.T. 1994. Barnacles: Structure, function, development and evolution. Chapman & Hall, London.
  2. Anderson, D.T. 1994. Barnacles: Structure, function, development and evolution. Chapman & Hall, London.