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The Introduction may be called a Preface. It is located at the front of the book. It can tell you why the author wrote the book. The Bibliography may be called Footnotes, Works Cited, Sources, or References. It's a list of sources and/or notes that the author used. Sometimes the sources are at the end of each chapter; sometimes sources are at the end of the book.Sources, Purpose

What sources did the author use?

Look for footnotes and/or a Bibliography (may be called Works Cited, Sources, etc.). This list shows you what kind of sources the author used to write the book.


What's the Purpose of the Book?

Scan the preface or the introduction for a statement on why the book was written and what the author hopes to accomplish with it. Often the author will also let you know what perspective of bias he or she brings to the topic.



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