Finding information in books is a vital part of the research process. Books can be daunting, though. Afterall, they can be long and written in an academic voice that isn't very conducive to an easy afternoon read. Here are a few ways to tackle books to make them worth your while.
- Use the index. I think the index is more important than the table of contents! it is located in the back of the book, and you can look for keywords that you collected during your background research.
- Use the table of contents to find chapters that will be most relevant to your research.
- Skim areas to find your keyword, then read the paragraph or surrounding pages to get more context.
- You can even use Google Books or Amazon's Search Inside feature to search the full text of a print book that doesn't have a good index or table of contents.