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Scholar is a catalog of items owned by the Cleveland State Libraries. Use Scholar to find books, videos, audio recordings, journals, magazines, and more. Your search will include materials in both hard-copy print and virtual electronic formats.
If a book or reference is not available in Scholar, search the OhioLINK catalog. You can request items from other colleges and universities in Ohio and have them delivered to CSU in a few days.
If you find references for books that are not available in Scholar or OhioLINK, you can try to get them through Interlibrary Loan.
Note: Interlibrary Loan may take a little longer, so start early.
When determining whether a book is scholarly consider:
Publisher: Check the publisher's website. Is the publisher a University Press (e.g. Oxford University Press, Purdue University Press)? Does the publisher specialize in this academic field?
Bias: Does the publisher have a religious or political affiliation? Consider how this affiliation might affect the scholarship and/or content of the book.
Authority: Who is the author? Do they have credentials that give them authority on the subject? Are they recognized by other scholars in the field?
Cited Sources: Scholarly books have cited references or a bibliography. Consider the quality of the sources: look for inclusion of journal articles, primary sources, and other scholarly books by experts in the field.
Content: Consider accuracy, bias, audience appropriateness, graphics/charts/illustrations. Look for books that have clear structure and organization, such as a preface, introduction, table of contents, conclusion, and index.
Still not sure? Look for book reviews of the book and see what reviewers say about its content.