Is the publisher reputable?
|Question to Ask||Why Is It Important?||Where to Find|
|Who is the publisher?||A University Press (such as University of Georgia) usually prints scholarly publications. Many commercial publishers and publishers affiliated with scholarly societies also publish reliable scholarly books.||This information is included in the index where you find the citation and is usually on the book cover, on the title page or the back of the title page of a book. A quick way to find out if the publisher is reputable is to do a publisher search in GIL and see if the library owns many books by that publisher.|
Publication by a reputable publisher does not guarantee quality of writing, but it does mean the publisher has high regard for the author.
- a book put out by a vanity press (a publisher paid by the author to publish his/her book)
- Be Your Own Electrician: a do-it-yourself book on wiring your home...published by a company whose other books are all for children