What are handbooks, companions and guides?
Handbooks, companions and guides are, in short, reference works. They tend to be narrowly focused around a single person, topic, or period.
What are they good for?
Handbooks, companions, and guides provide comprehensive introductions to a variety of topics. They introduce readers to the relevant issues and debates surrounding an issue and provide a framework for readers to become acquainted with the most important scholarship on a subject. For these reasons, they can be very useful for people who are just getting started researching a topic or person.
What handbooks, companions and guides are available at the Emory Libraries?
The Emory Libraries collect a wide variety of guides. Most are in print format, but recently a number of publishers have been releasing their guides in electronic format. The Emory Libraries have begun collecting these as they have become available. Here are some series that we collect:
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- The Extraordinary World of MARBL: Robert E. Lee's Socks
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