Primary Source Literacy at USC Libraries & Beyond

The Parts of a Physical Book

When you visit a rare books library, you will realize that the scholars and librarians working with rare books use a specialized vocabulary. This vocabulary and knowing how to call the specific parts of the physical book will help you with your research and is necessary to reference the individual parts of the book in your research.

Watch the video below and follow along to learn & practice the parts of the physical book.

Header image: Martin Luther. Das Alte Testament deutsch. Augsburg, Melchior Ramminger, 1523. USC Libraries BS1224.G4 L88 1523

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