Books provide in-depth coverage on nearly any topic, and they continue to be one of the most important sources of information. 

You may come across the term "monograph," which is a type of book that focuses on one (mono) topic.

Books are one-time publications, as opposed to serials or periodicals (magazines, journals, newspapers) which come out "periodically." They are written for different audiences and can be scholarly, general or popular in nature. 

If you're looking for something specific in a book, it's a good practice to use the table of contents and/or index if available.

Although we think of books as a collection of paper pages bound together, we now have books that are made available electronically (E-books) and some older books that are reproduced on microfilm or microfiche. One advantage of E-books is that you may be able to do a word search electronically to get to the specific part of the book you want.

The essays, individual articles, or creative works that are contained in books are often cited individually.

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