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Honors American Government & Politics: Landmark Legislation Research Paper: Secondary Sources: Books / eBooks

Expand upon your Reference Source research with Secondary Source books / ebooks.

These full-length books - also called MONOGRAPHS - will have more specific information about your topic.
  • They are written by scholars and subject experts.
  • The author often presents a new interpretation of the topic based upon a synthesis of based on primary sources, secondary source books, journal articles, and other scholarly materials.
  • They contain a bibliography of sources or notes citing sources used and/or recommended by the author.
  • Sometimes there's a whole book on your topic, and sometimes a chapter or section.
Discover print and electronic books by searching our library catalog RhinoCat below.


Rhinocat is the Library's automated catalog of books, ebooks, and other library materials.


A Keyword search using a broad term will yield the most hits. 
  • When you identify a book that looks useful, click on the book title to open the book's full record. 
    • Scroll down to Subject(s): and click on a subject heading to find other books with the same subject headings.
    • Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Browse shelf to see books that sit to the left and right on the shelf.


Search RhinoCat 

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