Q. I need to know if the books "The Orwellian world of Jehovah's Witnesses by Heather Botting and the book Mormon Questions by Sarah Gordon are
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Unlike journal articles, books are not typically considered peer reviewed. The peer review process is a method used for scholarly articles to be evaluated prior to publication. Many books are evaluated for accuracy and authenticity, however the majority of books are not recognized as peer reviewed or non-peer reviewed.
To determine whether a book is a credible source for your research, check to see if the authors included citations and/or footnotes to validate the information. You may also want to look at the publisher information to see if it is published by a well-respected university and also check for reviews of the title in academic journals. Some books will also list expert reviewers, adding to the validity of the information provided. Books that do not include citations and/or reviewers should be considered similar to trade or magazine articles.