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Using Books for Research

Books can provide an in-depth look at a topic, and are often written in a style that explains and contextualizes a phenomenon more. If using books is allowed by your professor for a research paper, this can be a good option for students. Remember, you won't be reading the whole book, just the portions that apply to your research. 


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