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What does peer-review mean? Are books peer-reviewed?

Last Updated: May 11, 2015  |  8698 Views

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Peer-review essentially means that a written work has been evaluated by people with knowledge in the same field who have verified the sources and information found within that particular work, usually a journal article. Looking at some of the characteristics of peer-reviewed articles is a good way to check if a book is a good, scholarly source:

  • Chapters tend to be lengthy
  • Reading requires your undivided attention
  • The author provides a complete list (bibliography) of the sources used
  • The book contains few pictures and advertisements
  • Often there are illustrations or graphs supporting the author's research
  • The author's credentials are provided
  • The book is published or sponsored by a scholarly or a professional association or an academic press

If you have any questions or need help finding sources for a paper or project, please ask a librarian.

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