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Evaluating Sources

Assess sources for relevancy and reliability

Research Tip: Book Review Searching

Book Review Searching

  • Search for the title of the book, enclosed in quotation marks ("World's Best Book")
  • If the title is not very distinctive, add the author's last name
  • Look for limit to "book review" or add search term "review"

Evaluating Your Sources: Reputation / Scholarly Contribution

Reputation / Contribution to Scholarship
How has this work, or other works by this author, been received by others in the field?

For books, read book reviews

Have others cited this work?

  • Look for "cited by" or "times cited" links in the databases you are searching
  • Do a "cited reference" search in Web of Science to see who has cited the work.

Citation Databases