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How do you know if a source is scholarly or not? The following guidelines and questions can help:
University presses and other academic presses (e.g., Ashgate, Routledge, Norton, Scarecrow, Garland, and Greenwood) tend to be reliable.
What are the author's credentials?
Does the publication have scholarly apparatus, such as footnotes, bibliography, and appendices?
Are there advertisements? If so, what is the target audience?
Is it heavily illustrated? Heavily illustrated books tend not to be scholarly.
How current is the information? Older materials may still be useful, but always look for the most recent scholarship.
Can you find the author's credentials?
Is the website associated with a university, a scholarly institution, or a reputable publisher?
Is the material documented?