Have you ever been at a party (or in a tutorial... same thing...) when someone brought up a peripheral topic -- not core to your usual research area, but apparently relevant to your studies?
As a seasoned scholar who understands that knowledge doesn't live in isolated silos, you certainly want to learn more about such peripheral topics.
As always, though, time is tight. As much as you love the depth of the millions of books in our collection, you really just need a reasonably brief overview of the topic. More than a random definition or blurb from the Internet, of course! Ideally, something that hits the sweet spot between frustratingly brief and mind-numbingly long.
How about a Very Short Introduction?
Next time you are walking by our Burnaby (WAC Bennett) Library, come in to see our new display of titles from Oxford's "Very Short Introduction" series on our main floor. From Accounting and Adolescence all the way through to World Music and the World Trade Association, the hundreds of titles in this series provide, well... very short introductions to many of the topics that will come up in your classes.
And, as you might expect from the series title, these print books are short and thin -- perfect to fit in your pocket and scan on the bus!
Here are a few examples of VSI titles that might be of particular interest to our Economics and Business students:
Economics & Business Librarian