How To Evaluate a Scholarly Book
There are several steps to consider when evaluating a scholarly book. You may not be able to apply all of these questions when evaluating a book, but try to use many as you can
- Does it have the depth you require?
- Look at the table of contents and the index to confirm the information you require is covered in the book
- Has the book been reviewed?
Find scholarly book reviews from library sources:
- Is the information reliable?
- What perspectives in the book matter given? Or ignored?
- What was the editorial process?
- When was it published? Is the information still relevant?
- Is the author an expert in the field?
- What work or educational experiences does the author have?
- Is the author affiliated with an organization or company?
- Has the author written other publications?
- What is the author's motivation?
Find author information by "Googling" their name and locate their author's website. It may be a personal website, or information provide by the publisher of their work(s). Use library resources, such as Gale Literature: Contemporary Authors or Literature Resource Center.