Sometimes we need background information for a speech or project. Maybe we need to become familiar with a subject before seeking in-depth, scholarly information. Sometimes, we just need a very short introduction. That’s where Oxford University Press’ “Very Short Introductions,” published since 1995, can help.
Over 400 of these concise, printed, pithy “pocket-portable introductory lectures” (Guardian Review) covering such topics as archaeology, arts & architecture, biography, business & management, economics & finance history, language & linguistics, law, literature, mathematics & sciences, medicine & health, music, sociology, philosophy, politics, psychology & neuroscience, religion & bibles, and the social sciences can be found at Falvey.
Take one home, before you leave for Thanksgiving break!
Author specifics prove that although the introductions are short, the scholarship and authority behind them is not. Noted authors in many fields have contributed to these short successful volumes about the world.
As a prominent reviewer described one of the series titles “The brevity of this volume is both its strength and its weakness,” judge for yourself.
The latest editions in our collection are below Click the authors’ names to find their other, more detailed, publications:
- The psychology of music : a very short introduction / by Margulis, Elizabeth Hellmuth,
- Orthodox Christianity : a very short introduction / by Siecienski, A. Edward
- American foreign relations : a very short introduction / by Preston, Andrew, 1973-
- Abolitionism : a very short introduction / by Newman, Richard S.,
- Anthropocene : a very short introduction / by Ellis, Erle C. 1963-
- Autobiography : a very short introduction / by Marcus, Laura,
- The history of childhood : a very short introduction / by Marten, James Alan,
- The Holy Roman Empire : a very short introduction / by Whaley, Joachim,
- Native American literature : a very short introduction / by Teuton, Sean Kicummah, 1966-
- Applied mathematics : a very short introduction / by Goriely, Alain,
Falvey has other shorts as well. Try a short story.
Need some help? There’s always the Short Story Index (EBSCO).
Short stories can provide a hint of other places. Henry James said, “It should be a little gem of bright, quick, vivid form.” The Library has online and print short stories under many subjects, languages and translations – for example, Short stories, Irish., Short stories, Latin American., Short stories, American., Short stories, Ukrainian > Translations into English., Short stories, African > Translations into English., Short stories, Arabic > Translations into English. Better yet, suggest a quality story you have read and want Falvey to consider acquiring.
No Time? No Problem!
Merrill Stein is Social Sciences Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library.