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How do I know if a book is scholarly?

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Look for several things to determine if a book is scholarly:

  • Publisher - who is the publisher? University presses (e.g. University of Toronto, U of Alberta, Oxford, Sage) publish scholarly, academic books.
  • Author - what are the author's credentials?
  • Content - scholarly books always have information cited in the text, in footnotes, and have a bibliography or references. Scholarly books also often contain a combination of primary and secondary sources.
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