Books are rarely peer-reviewed, but they do go through editorial review where they are evaluated for quality of content, writing style, and marketability.
When evaluating a book, check these basic points:
- Author or editor -- located on title page; brief biographical information may be included in introductory pages or at end of book
- Publisher -- located on title page. The most reputable, scholarly books are published by a University Press.
- Intended audience -- determined by examining the content, preface, and introduction.
- Purpose of the information -- determined by examining the content, preface, and introduction.