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About Books at Nicolet College Library

Nicolet College Library offers books in print, audio and e-book format. We have bestsellers, fiction and non-fiction. If you need sources for your research project, or if you need a book to tide you over during break, we can help you!

Find Books

Our online catalog will help you find print and audio books located in the Lakeside Center, third floor library, and some e-books as well: 

If you are looking for an e-book, Nicolet College Library offers several options! Check out these databases:

Using Books for Research

Non-fiction books are usually considered a scholarly source when you are doing a research project or a paper. Typically, a non-fiction book goes through a rigorous vetting process before it is published.

In the Nicolet College Library, most books with a call number starting with P are fiction, except biographies of authors and critical literature. 

If the book has a call number starting with something other than P, it is considered non-fiction. However, that does not necessarily mean it is appropriate to use in a research paper.

First, consider the topic. Many topics are considered non-fiction, but the scientific community generally does not consider them valid at this point in time (like cryptozoology, aliens, ghosts, reincarnation, magic, etc., or anti-vaxxing, climate change denial, etc.) If your paper is about a topic like one of these, you should talk to your instructor first before going any further in the research process.

If you are satisfied with your topic and you have found a book that you want to consider further, the next things you should look at are:

What should you look for: 

Currency: How old is the book? Have there been recent discoveries in this field since this book was published? In scientific fields like medicine, technology, and engineering, you would probably not want a book older than 5 years if you are looking for current information.

Reliability: Can you tell if the author did research in writing this book? What are the sources the author used? If there are no sources cited, be somewhat skeptical about that book as a source. If the book is nothing more than a collection of Wikipedia articles bound into a book, then it is only as reliable as Wikipedia. Who published the book?  If the book was self-published, the vetting process that gives books scholarly credibility may not have taken place. If it was published by a publishing company, look up that company to find out about their reputation in academics and find out about their vetting process if you can. 

Authorship: Who is the author of the book? What are the author's credentials? If you can't tell who authored the book, be skeptical about using it as a source. Look up the author before using the book to see what kind of expertise they have in the field.

Purpose: Why did the author write this book? Is this an informational book, or was it written to inflame emotions or to sell a product? If the book was written for any purpose other than to inform, be skeptical about using it as a source.

Contact Us

Text us: (715) 953-2160


Main Phone #: 715.365.4479

Mailing Address:

  • 5364 College Dr.
  • Rhinelander, WI 54501

Location:

  • The library is located on the 3rd floor of the Lakeside Center.
  • Library services are available on the 3rd floor in the library AND at the 2nd floor Information Commons.

Library Hours

Library Hours Fall 2017
  Open Close
Monday
8:00 AM 7:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM 7:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM 7:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM 7:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM 4:00 PM
Saturday CLOSED CLOSED
Sunday Noon 6:00 PM
Library Closings/Reduced Services - Fall 2017
All Staff Conference, Tuesday, October 3 Closed
Thanksgiving, Thursday - Friday, November 23 - 24 Closed
Winter Holiday, Sunday - Tuesday December 24 - 26 Closed
Holiday Week, December 27 - 29 Hours 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
New Years, Sunday - Tuesday, December 31-January 2, 2018 Closed