How do I find out if a book is a scholarly source?
You can evaluate the book you are using by using the PARCA Test in this website
PARCA stands for Purpose, Authority, Relevance, Currency, Accuracy.
The PARCA Test is useful for evaluating all your research materials. For a book, you might want to consider: who is or are the authors of the books. Are they professors, or researchers on the topic. Where was the book published. Is it published by an academic press such as Oxford University Press, or Springer-Verlag. Does the book have a bibliography, or footnotes to scholarly research? Who is the intended audience of the book: University students or professors, or the general public?
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