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ESL Speak Up: Books

This guide is created for Ms. Prince-Schroeter's ESL: Speak Up.

Parts of a book

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.


Where can I find them?

  • Reference books are located in the Garver Room (silent study room).
  • Reference books CANNOT be checked out or leave the library.
  • Please return reference books to the Garver Room when you're done using them.
  • All reference books will have the prefix REF before the call number.


  • Circulating books are located in the stacks. 
  • Please use the Stack Directory in the Main Help Desk area or ask librarians.
  • If you don't find a circulating book in the stack, you may check 1) Books around the slot where it should be; 2) The shelves with "To be shelved" in the stacks; 3) Ask the librarian at the Circulation Desk to see if it is just returned.
  • Librarians can help you to get a copy via an Interlibrary Loan service.

Recommended Titles

Language & Culture

English : one tongue, many voices   

The deluxe transitive vampire : the ultimate handbook of grammar for the innocent, the eager, and the doomed

Globalization, language, and culture

Grammatically correct : the writer's essential guide to punctuation, spelling, style, usage, and grammar 

Teaching multilevel classes in ESL [electronic resource]

The New York Times presents smarter by Sunday : 52 weekends of essential knowledge for the curious mind

American History & Culture

The A B C of prohibition

Last call : the rise and fall of Prohibition

American dreams : the United States since 1945

America's hidden history : untold tales of the first pilgrims, fighting women, and forgotten founders who shaped a nation

The American musical and the formation of national identity

America's musical life : a history

The American character

Immigration and American popular culture : an introduction

Immigration and American popular culture [electronic resource] : an introduction

Freedom : a history of US

Jazz : a history of America's music

Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave : with related documents

Social justice : opposing viewpoints

Understanding America [electronic resource] : the anatomy of an exceptional nation 

Using Internet primary sources to teach critical thinking skills in government, economics, and contemporary world issues

Using the 1990 U.S. census for research

Phillips Academy History

A league of its own : documents from the history of Phillips Acedmy at the close of Campaign Andover & the start of Andover's 225th year

Youth from every quarter : a bicentennial history of Phillips Academy, Andover

Quick Links

Search Tips

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!