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This guide is intended to help you find both print and online historic preservation resources. This guide is only a starting point for your research, it is not meant to be a comprehensive list of resources. If you need further assistance, please visit the Service Desk in the library or contact your librarian, April Sheppard, at email@example.com.
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SCHOLARLY OR NOT?
Scholarly and peer reviewed are your "academic" articles. These are the ones that deal directly with research, history, or theory. Most likely, your professor wants you to use these types of articles. These types of articles are written by scholars, experts in the field often associated with a university or an organization. Peer reviewed articles must also be approved by a group of scholars before being published to ensure that the research presented is factual and relevant. Not everyone can get peer reviewed.
Popular magazine articles are usually ones that you read for entertainment. These are usually the type of publications that you find at the grocery store checkout. Chances are if there's a celebrity on the cover, it's a popular magazine.
All books in the library are arranged by subject using the Library of Congress classification system for call numbers and subject headings. The call numbers for historic preservation are spread throughout the library. Here are some of the main areas you will find books:
CC135 - CC137
Preservation, restoration, and conservation of antiquities
Historic Preservation (United States)
Historic preservation--Law and legislation
NA105 - NA108
Architecture and Buildings. Preservation and Restoration
Call numbers reflect the subject of the book, for example: Place, race, and story : essays on the past and future of historic preservation (E159 .K38 2009) vs. Historic preservation for a living city : Historic Charleston Foundation, 1947-1997 (F279.C447 W49 2000). The first book with an "E" call number is about the United States in general while the second book with the "F" call number is specifically about Charleston, South Carolina.
Occasionally a totally different call number will appear. For example, Restoring women's history through historic preservation has a call number of HQ1410 .R47 2003. This means this book is more about women than historic preservation and higher importance was given to the other subject when the call number was assigned. This does not mean that it wouldn't be a great book for your topic!
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