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Determining if a book is relevant to your research can be a multi-step process but is especially important in your research process as it can take a large amount of time to read a book thoroughly to determine relevancy.
Step 1: Use the Index
The index is a list of terms, topics, and people/places that the authors and editors have determined are the most important from throughout the text. Start here by finding the terms, topics, etc that best work with your topic. Think broad! Check out these pages and note them for later.
Step 2: Table of Contents
The table of contents is a way for the authors and editors to break up the book by theme, topic, or time (or other organizing principle). Check out the chapters in which your terms (from the index) are most referenced or turn to the chapter that best fits the overall theme of your research. Again, think broad!
Step 3: Skim the Chapter
There's still sometimes no need to deep dive into a chapter until you've determined its relevancy. Try skimming the chapter by reading the introduction and conclusion as well as the first sentence or two of each paragraph. This doesn't always work! Depending on the topic you may need to skip to step 4...
Step 4: Read Closely
Now is the time to read closely; pick a chapter or section and read the chapter closely.
If you’d like to do a broad search for books that explain different methodological approaches in linguistics, try the following:
You can also try some basic keyword searches (e.g., "linguistic methodology", "research methods" AND linguistics) since there are research methods books that aren’t tagged with the subject heading Linguistics -- Methodology.