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