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videovillain t1_jdv3v1u wrote

This is the best answer IMO.

  1. Find a book/author you are interested in checking
  2. Search for other peer reviewed publications by the author
  3. Search peer reviewed databases for citations of that book

The more peer reviewed publications from that author, usually the better. It means they are masters in their field and aren’t afraid to have their peers check their work. It also gives you more references to pull from in your own research.

The more times the book is cited, usually the better. However, check the citations to see if they are using them as reference and verification or refuting something from it.

To be honest, it sounds like what you really need to be doing is searching specific topics on peer reviewed databases and just digging in!

Some spots to check:

  • JSTOR - “Journal Storage” provides access to journal articles, books, images, and primary sources
  • APA - American Psychological Association has essential psychological content to support research, education, practice, and general wellbeing
  • PubMed - National Library of Medicine comprises biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books
  • Cambrige - Cambridge Core is the home of academic content from Cambridge University Press with research and academic information from journal articles and books
  • Cochrane - gathers and summarizes the best evidence from research to help you make informed choices through systematic reviews and meta-analysis of existing research
  • ERIC - Education Resources Information Center provides access to bibliographic records of journal and non-journal literature from 1966 to the present
  • Scopus - combines a comprehensive, expertly curated abstract and citation database with enriched data and linked scholarly literature