Besides the main content of a book, the parts of a book itself can provide information useful for research. The main parts of a book include:
Table of Contents: An outline or breakdown of the different chapters of a book.
Bibliography: The list of works used in the research of the book; useful for finding more informaiton on a topic.
Index: The list of key words, often including people and place names, used in the book and the page numbers for where those words appear; typically the last section of a book. Useful for knowing whether a specific person or term is referenced within the book.
Other possible sections include:
Appendix: The part or parts of a book that provide additional information to the main text; usually found near the back of the book.
Glossary: The section that defines key terms used in the book; usually found near the back of the book.
Language & Culture
American History & Culture
Phillips Academy History
Use the search box to the right to search for books in the library and in other locations on the PA campus, such as CAMD, Addison, and Peabody.
Search by Keyword to find items that mention your keyword (these items may not be largely *about* your keyword).
Search by Author to find items by that author.
Search by Title to find a specific item--this title might apply to a book, a videocassette or DVD, or might apply to a variety of editions.
Search by Subject to find items based on specific Library of Congress subject headings. Searching by Subject is useful when you want books about an author not by an author.
But searching by Subject is not always straightforward: the subject heading for x is "y," and the subject heading for "a" is "b."
Search by Keyword first and search appropriate subjects as you identify them!