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Overview vs. Monograph
An Overview is a book which addresses a time period such as Japan's Modern History, 1857-1937. Use the index to find your topic; it may be a chapter or just a few pages. An overview is meant to place your topic within the context of the time and larger world.
A Monograph is a book which addresses your specific topic. If you are researching a person, a monograph could be a biography of the person.
Library Catalog Search Tips
1. To search for BOOKS ONLY in the Library Catalog select the Books tab on the search widget or select "Advanced Search". In the "Advanced Search" use the Search Tools option on the bottom of the page to limit search to information that can be found in Book format.
2. When you find a book in your search results that looks relevant, use the subject links for that book to lead you to more sources.
Example keyword search: Meiji.
Example subjects covering topics related to Meiji Resortation: