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    • Evaluating & Citing Books
      LIBR1101
    • Evaluating Books
      Finding books is half the battle. You also need to evaluate them to determine if they are reliable and if they are appropriate for your research project.
    • Factors for Evaluating Sources
      In your textbook, George discusses some criteria for evaluating sources on pp. 133-36
      The following slides will give you some things to consider when using her criteria to evaluate books
    • Date of Source
      Think about your topic in relation to the date a book or information in a book was published.
      If you are doing research on the latest cancer treatments, you don’t want a book from the 1954. If you are writing about the history of cancer treatments, a book from 1954 might be helpful
      Remember that primary sources are closest to an event, so they may not be recent but are usually relevant
    • Author’s Credentials
      What makes the author an expert?
      Consider experience as well as degrees and other credentials
      Has the author written anything else?
      Do other researchers cite this author?
    • Sponsor’s Intent or Reputation
      Who is the publisher?
      University press - Reputable and want to maintain that reputation, so pretty reliable but still must be viewed critically
      Commercial publisher – Books may be published for larger audiences and the purpose may be to make a profit
      Other
    • Leads, Research & References
      What sources did the author use to write the book?
      If the book is based on original research, what research methods did the author use?
    • Citing Books in MLA Style
    • MLA Citation for Books
      author’s last name, author’s first name. Title of Book. City where book was published: Publisher, year of publication. Medium of Publication.
      Example:
      Fromm, Erich. On Being Human. New York: Continuum International Publishing Group, Inc., 1994. Print.