First, what is a book?
A long-form, written work. That's it! For our goal in academic research, we should note that books have several variable, which make them more or less useful, depending on our topic. Books may be popular or scholarly, self-published or formally published, general synthesis or a deep dive into a single topic.
They are good at...
To browse for book titles in the library:
✦ type in a general search term, either Keyword or Subject
✦ use the filters at left of the landing page
--> under the Held by Library menu click UMass Lowell Libraries
--> under Format click e-book, (or book)
✦ once you find one good book, read the abstract, title, and subjects for even better search terms;