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HSTCMP 248: The AIDS Epidemic: A Global History: Finding Scholarly Books

Selected eBooks

book cover: Living with HIV and Dying with AIDS Diversity, Inequality and Human Rights in the Global Pandemic
book cover: Punishing Disease : HIV and the Criminalization of Sickness
The Borders of AIDS: Race, Quarantine, and Resistance
To Make the Wounded Whole: The African American Struggle against HIV/AIDS
book cover: Scrambling for Africa : AIDS, Expertise, and the Rise of American Global Health Science
book cover: The Origins of AIDS
book cover: The African AIDS Epidemic : a History
book cover: Lethal Decisions : the Unnecessary Deaths of Millions of Women and Children from HIV/AIDS
book cover: Viral Voyages : Tracing AIDS in Latin America
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book cover: Whose Agency : the Politics and Practice of Kenya's HIV-Prevention NGOs
book cover: Shattered Dreams? an Oral History of the South African AIDS Epidemic.
book cover: Moving Politics : Emotion and ACT UP's Fight against AIDS
book cover: AIDS, Intimacy and Care in Rural KwaZulu-Natal : a Kinship of Bones
book cover: A Fraught Embrace : the Romance & Reality of AIDS Altruism in Africa
book cover: Politics in the Corridor of Dying : AIDS Activism and Global Health Governance.
Sustaining Life : AIDS Activism in South Africa
Legalizing Sex : Sexual Minorities, AIDS, and Citizenship in India

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Why Use Scholarly Books & Articles?

The raison d'être of scholars is to attempt to describe, explain, interpret and analyze issues & events. Scholars use evidence to support their interpretations which are most often published in the form of books and journal articles (secondary sources). So why should you use secondary sources?


  • Written by expert scholars. Before publication academic books and articles are vetted by other scholars in a process known as peer review.
  • Peer review ensures that scholarly books and articles are more reliable and credible than other types of publications.
  • Provide historical/broader/in depth context and analysis of a topic. For example, if you are researching Armenian genocide, you may want to use a scholarly source to get information on the history of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire. 
  • Scholarly articles and books are based on evidence (primary sources) that are cited in the footnotes and bibliography. They are often a quick way to identify potential primary sources that you too may wish to use as evidence in your research paper. 


Keep in mind

  • Expert scholars are likely to use specialized terminology and theory in their analyses making scholarly articles and books sometimes difficult to understand.

How to Read Scholarly Material

Scholarly articles and books have a purpose -- an argument (also called a thesis) that they are attempting to make about an issue and present evidence to support this argument. As you read a scholarly article first check to see if there is an abstract, a brief overview of the article. This will give you an idea if the article will be relevant for your research. Then look for the author's argument. Ask yourself, does the author adequately support their argument with evidence.

For more information on reading a scholarly article see: Analyzing Scholarly ArticlesHow to Read an Academic Article & How to Read a Secondary Source.