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Welcome! Here you will always find everything you need to know to make the best buying decisions on an infinite number of products you can't even imagine.

This time, we dedicate this article to talk about monographs, those materials that we were asked so much in primary school to do our homework. But not only that, we will talk about all the types of monographs that exist on the market.

It is always useful to have reliable information on certain subjects in these times of so much misinformation online. So read on to find out how you should look for and choose the best monographs.




Summary

  • A monograph is a short treatise on a specific topic. They help to develop research skills, as well as to provide important material for school assignments.
  • There are two types of monographs. School monographs are the classic monographs that are required in primary schools for homework, while monographs with specialised content are those that provide academic or scientific material.
  • To choose a good monograph you should take into account certain purchasing criteria. Some of them are the bibliography included, the reviews or the illustrations. These criteria will be discussed below.

The Best Monographs: Our Picks

Buying guide: What you need to know about monographs

We know that the subject of monographs is not very topical and that trying to get one these days can be confusing. That's why we bring you this guide that will give you a good idea of the things you need to consider before making your purchase.

Monographs provide information on a specific subject. (Photo: Kiattisak Lamchan / 123RF)

What is a monograph and what are its advantages?

A monograph, from its Greek roots (mono and graphos) refers to the study of a specific topic. This topic is approached through research that must maintain a certain systematicity and is usually the product of a documentary work that only gives an account of the information gathered.

Monographs are a good option for developing the ability to search for quality information, analyse it and organise it. The objective should be the understanding of a precisely defined topic in order to help in the compilation of information for some work or task.

With so much up-to-date information available on the web, monographs have increasingly fallen into disuse. However, it is still possible to find good examples of monographs after a thorough search.

Advantages
  • They provide information on specific topics
  • They are cheap
  • They include a bibliography
  • Useful for school work
Disadvantages
  • They are difficult to obtain
  • The information is not always up to date
  • There are not many reviews of monographs

School and specialist monographs - what should you look out for?

Generally, you will find these two categories when looking for monographs: scholarly and specialist content. Both serve different purposes. Below is a description followed by a comparative table.

School monographs. These are the classic monographs that we were all asked for in primary school to do our homework. The topics generally cover the school curriculum of the different grades. Some of them are ephemeris, natural sciences, diagrams of the human body and patriotic topics.

Specialised content monographs. These monographs are more focused on scientific topics or systemic research. In the academic environment, they are widely used to develop research skills and are generally presented as argumentative, expository or descriptive works on a specific topic.

School Monographs Specialised Monographs
Content Elementary subjects at primary level
Usefulness Homework Research work
Length One page with images 30 to 80 pages approximately

Purchasing criteria

Although in general all monographs look the same, there are a few factors that will help you decide which one is the best. Below we have selected a few to help you in your search for the ideal monograph for you.

  • Topic
  • Length
  • Bibliography
  • Illustrations

Topic

When it comes to choosing a monograph, the most important thing to do is to have a topic selected. If it is a school assignment, the topic will be given by the teacher, but you can always find specific topics and not just get the general monograph on the topic.

Varied topics. These are monographs that deal with different topics that are related to each other. They usually give very summarised information to give a broad outline of the topic developed, but provide a guideline for more specific research.

Specific topics. On the other hand, if you are in the process of research, it is best to narrow down the central topic as specifically as you can. Once selected, you should develop a tentative working structure and start collecting information.

Take note of everything when structuring your monograph (Photo: rawpixel / 123RF)

Length

Depending on the topic and type of content, the length of a monograph can be between one and 80 pages. Generally, school monographs are one page long with illustrations, while more specialised monographs are several pages longer.

One or two pages. This type of monograph has an extremely summarised content and is useful for school assignments only. If you only need a broad outline of the topic you are looking for, it will be more than enough. But if you are looking for academic content, we recommend that you do not buy this type of monograph.

More than 30 pages. If you find a monograph of more than 30 pages, you are on the right track to find useful information for your research. It is recommended that you look at product reviews to find out the experience of other readers so that you can know in advance if the monograph will meet your expectations.

Bibliography

One of the most important requirements you need to look for when choosing your monograph is that it has a bibliography section. This is the only way to check whether the content is supported by previous work that has been endorsed as authentic or of scientific value.

If the monograph does not have a bibliography, it would be best not to purchase it, although it may be salvageable due to the quality of the images. But if it does include a bibliography section, you will have a very good way to continue with your research and take it to a good destination.

Illustrations

Most school monographs have illustrations or photographs that greatly help students in their homework. They can also be cut out to visually support an assignment or exhibition. However, it is also possible to find good material without illustrations, depending on the subject.

With illustrations. A picture is worth a thousand words, and illustrations always help to have a better understanding of any subject. Even in specialised monographs it is good to have diagrams or maps that illustrate the subject matter.

Without illustrations. There are scientific or academic subjects that cannot always be supported with illustrations or diagrams. This does not mean that the information is not easy to understand, but it may take away an interesting factor from the monograph. Of course, there is always the possibility for you to make your notes with illustrations.

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