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Understanding Sources: What Makes a Book Scholarly?


There are many very well researched non-fiction books geared toward popular audiences. For college level research you will want to refer to scholarly academic books. Of course, meeting all of the criteria for a scholarly source is not an absolute guarantee of good scholarship. Aim to use the highest quality information but subject everything to critical scrutiny.

Here is an overview of 2 books in the library to help identify some of the distinguishing characteristics to look out for: