History is known as a "book-discipline." Unlike other disciplines, history still relies heavily on books for research and information. However, there are some things to keep in mind when looking for books for your paper. Not all history books are of equal value and authority, so here are some ways you can "evaluate" the books you are considering using for your research.
The flow chart is not intended to be the absolute authority in deciding the reliability and usefulness of a book, but rather something to help you ask the right questions about your source. As always, if you use the flow chart and are still unsure, you can always check with your professor or with a Reference Librarian.
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