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Identity Theft

Guide for resources on Identity Theft which will provide an overview of Stetson library resources on the topic.

Browsing the Stacks

Scholars point out that often one of the best ways to locate useful -- and sometimes quite surprising -- books in a library is to physically browse the shelves. The Library Catalog (called OneSearch) has a shelf browse feature which enables you to do this electronically.

However, it is recommended that you take a look at the sequence of books on the shelf, for a particular subject area, to get an overview of the collection and to take advantage of the "serendipity" factor.

Here is an example below of a book on Identity Theft. The picture shows where to find the "Browse the Shelf" feature. 

Locating Books using Selected Subject Headings

These are helpful subject headings often used to search for books, articles, etc:

Identity Theft Identity theft Prevention
Identity Fraud Cyber fraud
Cybercrime Privacy
Credit card fraud Identity Management
corporations AND identity theft Data Breach 
consumer fraud Hacking
computer crimes Credit monitoring

Books Matter

Books and journal articles are the most common way to access scholarly research in your field, but each has advantages and disadvantages. Books take longer to research, write, and publish, so the information is not as current as in journal articles, which are shorter and slightly faster to publish.  However, because they are longer and took more time to produce, books offer more thorough coverage of a topic, draw on a wider range of preexisting scholarship, and often excel in placing an argument in broader thematic and disciplinary context.

Consider a scholarly book in your own research, and look for the following:

  • Helpful introduction and overview of the topic;
  • Comprehensive literature review, outlining the major scholars and existing points of view on the topic;
  • Detailed study of the topic, usually broken down into manageable chapters;
  • Extensive bibliography to help you and other scholars find related works on the topic.

Have a question? Ask a librarian! Email libref@stetson.edu. Call or text 386-747-9028.