Non-fiction (or nonfiction) is information or events that are fact or real life experiences. Non-fiction covers a variety of topics and make up the majority of books at Milner Library. Most non-fiction books are secondary sources. The exception are biographies and memoirs. Need help searching for books? View our Help Videos.
Edited books are a compilation of essays or research by various authors. The role of an editor is to communicate with authors, compile the written works, and coordinate with the publishing company. Like single author non-fiction, these books are based on information or events that are fact or real life experiences. Edited non-fiction books are secondary sources. Need help searching for books? View our Help Videos.
Reference books give a broad overview and are a synthesis or compilation of theories, philosophies, or common knowledge for a specific discipline or culture. These books, very often peer-reviewed, are excellent sources for obtaining background information on a topic. Reference non-fiction books are tertiary sources. Need help searching for books? View our Help Videos.
Fiction is information, events, and characters that are imaginary; most often presented in the form of a story.
Fictional works are not used in a research project unless you are doing a critical analysis of the story, the body of work of the specific author, or the specific genre of writing.
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