Do not assume that your sole motive or goal is to eliminate sources.
While this may be a consequence of your analysis, your goal should be to understand the context of the work so you can assess how it can inform your argument.
Rather, you are trying to understand the context in which the book was written so you can better analyze its content.
If you are researching a current issue, it stands to reason that you want the most up-to-date sources you can find.
Does the author acknowledge an organizational affiliation?
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The acknowledgements and preface are good places to get the answers to most of these questions.
You can be relatively sure that if a university press published the book, it has been held to a high academic standard. You may have to look at other aspects of the book (see below for tips on identifying tone and audience) or look at other books produced by the same publisher to judge the credibility of the text.
Remember, you are not looking for ways to exclude works.
Non-print sources, such as webpages, works of art (performance and fine), and interviews often provide significant source material for analysis but are not covered in this handout.
At some point in your college career, you will be asked to write a research paper.