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BrainMass Need to Know eBooks are printable PDF documents that offer detailed explanations of specific topics of interest. Each book is authored by an expert on the subject and offers summary information, step-by-step explanations, answers to common questions, and additional resources for further study.

Our authors hail from the best graduate schools in the world. All BrainMass eBooks are focused on a particular topic, ensuring that the content will be useful as well as applicable and practical. They are a fantastic resource for all students looking to improve their grades, or for anyone looking to improve their know-how.

What's Included?

What's Included in a Need to Know eBook

BrainMass "Need to Know" eBooks provide you with study-ready explanations of key concepts and ideas. Our books are authored by our Experts, who are also available to answer questions. Here's a quick rundown of what each of our academic eBooks features:

A Useful Introduction to the Concept

Each Expert takes the time to explain the nature of the concept, where it comes from and why it's relevant for those studying that subject. Often, a real-world example of why it's important is included. Our introductions "set the stage" for you to read on and learn everything you "need to know."

Key Points in their own Sections

Each "Need to Know" eBook will be broken down into a few different sections. Each individual section will be dedicated to one aspect of the book's topic, which when put together, will ensure you have a full understanding of the topic at hand.

Diagrams & Illustrations

Many of our Experts will include illustrations and visual aids to enhance their eBooks. Often, having a diagram can really help in making something easy to understand, so we encourage our authors to use them as much as they can.

A Glossary of Key Terms

Every subject of study has terms and expressions that are unique to that field. Our "Need to Know"  eBooks help by providing a list of the most common terms and a definition for each one.

Additional Resources & References

Those students who are looking for more information will always have a place to continue their research. Our Experts will provide you with helpful and interesting links that will expand your understanding of the topic in question.

BrainMass Need to Know academic eBooks are not only a fantastic way to get explanations of troublesome topics, but they also provide a great place to start studying a topic that's coming up in a class.

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Being a Great Online Student

Stu Cooke (#108922)

This book will help you with the challenge of being an online learner. On top of the responsibilities of school, which include new concepts, homework, exams, essays, assignments and studying, the online learner is often faced with the added trials of READ MORE »

41 Pages | 8,209 Words

MLA Citations

Stephanie Higley, MEd (#106985)

This book is a complete reference guide for MLA (Modern Language Association) citations and formatting. It includes a general overview of MLA citations, including formatting, parenthetical or in-text citations, footnotes, and everything you need to k READ MORE »

24 Pages | 4,535 Words

Writing a 5-Paragraph Essay

Emeline Bakaj, MA (#110649)

This book describes the steps needed to write a dynamic five-paragraph essay. By learning this basic essay format, the writer will be prepared to conquer all types of college writing.

This book is ideal for high school and college students, Engli READ MORE »

17 Pages | 2,852 Words

Study Skills

Aaron Barbee, MBA (#105647)

This book provides various ideas that should you help maximize your study time, as well as suggestions for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of your studying. If you have been in school for a while, you may not realize that there are other t READ MORE »

20 Pages | 4,822 Words

Exam Preparation

Stephanie Higley, MEd (#106985)

This book is a complete reference guide on how to prepare for an exam. It includes a general overview of different exam formats (multiple choice, essay, true/false, etc.) and how to adapt your study skills to meet those formats. Additionally, you wil READ MORE »

25 Pages | 5,205 Words

Writing a Paper in MLA Format

Emeline Bakaj, MA (#110649)

MLA formatted papers are the most common type of essay assigned in high school and undergraduate college, so it is important to understand the purpose and the format of it. This guide will serve as a valuable tool in this process! Since this type of READ MORE »

18 Pages | 3,104 Words

Writing an In-Class Essay

Emeline Bakaj, MA (#110649)

This book discusses the proper way to write a five paragraph essay under the time constraints of an in-class assignment. This type of assignment is very popular in high school and college, so it is important to understand the purpose and the format o READ MORE »

15 Pages | 3,187 Words

Reading Comprehension

Amanda Peterson, MA (#111556)

Everything You Need to Know about Reading Comprehension describes information that the most recent reading research identifies as the basic mental and physical functions that support reading and comprehending what you read. Everything You Need to Kno READ MORE »

31 Pages | 7,674 Words

APA Citation

Marnie Binder, MA (#114776)

Everything you Need to Know about APA Citations describes all the key, pertinent details of how to use APA style for formatting your writing. The first section of this book is about understanding what needs to be formatted in the first place; i.e., h READ MORE »

27 Pages | 5,866 Words

Group Skills

Nicoletta Nance, PhD (#113587)

Everything You Need to Know About Group Skills describes a range of clinical and organizational interventions that are conducted in groups. In clinical settings, treatment is often delivered in the context of group therapy, group counseling, and psyc READ MORE »

29 Pages | 6,064 Words