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Research Basics

How do I know if a Book is scholarly?

How do I know if a Book is scholarly?


Scholarly books have:

1. Authors who are experts on the topic

  • They often have advanced degrees in the field of the topic.

2. Scholarly publishers

  • Often you will find University Press in the name, but not always.
  • Other scholarly publishers include Springer, Praeger, Routledge, Polity, and Gale.

3. Citations

  • All statistics and previous studies will be cited.
  • Citations will be to other scholarly sources.

How do I know if an Article is scholarly/peer reviewed?

How do I know if an Article is scholarly/peer reviewed?


To find scholarly/peer reviewed journals, simply use the limiters provided.

 

Screengrab of Discovery with Peer reviewed and Academic journal limiters highlighted.

 


Some databases do not include this limiter because ALL of their resources are peer reviewed. 

If you do not see a limiter, use Ulrich's to verify a journal's scholarly/peer reviewed status.

  • In Ulrich's, peer reviewed is called Refereed.

 

Ulrich's screengrab highlighting Refereed and Content Type which provide peer review and scholarly status, respectively.