Very Short Introductions

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Collection of introductory books on a variety of topics including arts, humanities, law, health, science, and social sciences.
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This is a collection of the electronic titles in the Very Short Introductions series which are concise introductions, written by experts, on a wide variety of subject areas such as Climate, Consciousness, Game Theory, Ancient Warfare, Privacy, Islamic History, Economics, and Literary Theory. They provide information on these topics at a level somewhere between reference materials and higher academic works.

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Laurier Library subscribes to the full collection of over 500 titles in five modules: Science & Mathematics, Art & Humanities, Social Science, Law, and Medicine & Health. Only one user can access the content in this collection at a time.

Subjects covered:
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Classics
  • Computer Science
  • Criminology
  • Cultural Analysis and Social Theory
  • Digital Media and Journalism
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Geography and Environmental Studies
  • Health Sciences
  • Health Studies
  • History
  • Human Rights and Human Diversity
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Languages and Literatures
  • Law and Society
  • Legal Information
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religion and Culture
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
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  • VSI
  • Oxford Very Short Introductions