Although scholarly monographs are self-contained (they can stand on their own), they may be part of a series of books covering a wider subject area. Scholarly monographs are typically purchased by academic and research libraries for use by scholars, including students. You won't usually find them on bookstore shelves.
Pictured above: Murray, R. L., and Heumann, J. K. (2009). Ecology and popular film: Cinema on the edge. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.
Most monographs will have a single author, but some will list co-authors, if the authors collaborated on the work.
Here are some things to look for when examining books to see if they fit the description of a scholarly monograph:
- Does the author have an advanced degree (for example, a Ph.D. or Ed.D.), and/or are they associated with an
- Is the book published by a university press, scholarly society, or other scholarly organization?
- Does the book include a bibliography at the end citing all of the sources (other books, journal articles, original documents,
etc.) that the author used in their research?
In the examples above: Perry, R. K. (2014). Black mayors, white majorities: The balancing act of racial politics. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press.
The example above comes from: Patterson, L. E. (2010). Kinship myth in ancient Greece. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press.
Please ask a librarian if you'd like more help finding and identifying scholarly monographs.