Guide to Library Research
Mary Livermore Library
Unit 5: Evaluating Resources

Credibility of Books

Books, of course, are fairly lengthy documents made available to readers by companies called publishers. Because reputable publishers want to protect their reputations, they generally are careful when selecting manuscripts to publish and then edit them thoroughly, making sure that the contents are accurate and well-founded. As a result, published books are generally credible. Still, you cannot assume that all books are credible and should use the questions near the bottom of this page to evaluate them before you use them in your research.