Evaluating Books

  • Currency: When was the book published? Currency varies with different disciplines. Check your assignment for requirements. Your assignment may require that books are published within the last five years.

  • Relevance: Who is the author? What are the author's credentials? Does the author have a Ph.D? Are other sources cited?

  • Authority: Who is the publisher? Is it self-published or published by a University Press?

  • Accuracy: Is the information presented in the book supported by evidence?

  • Purpose: Who is the intended audience? Is the author writing for information, opinion, or a memoir?

 

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