Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Research Help: Books

Books: Evaluate by Publisher

Books

The best way to evaluate a source is to read it an evaluate the information, but for books, looking at the publisher is a good shortcut. 

Evaluate by publisher

Type

 

Definition

Example

Characteristics

Authority

University/Scholarly Presses

Published by universities

Oxford University Press

 

Peer-reviewed and written by scholars; written for academic audiences (students & professors)

High

Popular Presses

"Bestsellers"; published to make money

Little, Brown; Harper Collins

Written for popular audiences

Middle

Vanity Presses

Self-publishing presses-- People pay money to publish their own books.

iUniverse

No review process-- quality varies

Low