Scholar OneSearch: Finding Books

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The search box above will search the online collections of the Northeastern Libraries, including e-books, streaming media, journal articles and subscriptions, as well as print collections in Snell Library.

To search the collections at Oakland, see the F. W. Olin portal and search box here.

Evaluating Books

How to Evaluate Books and Books Chapters

Ask yourself 6 key questions


  • What is the subject of the book or chapter? 
  • Is it relevant to your research topic?
  • Does it add to the information you've already found or provide a new perspective? 


  • When was the book published? 
  • Is it recent enough for your research needs? 


  • Why was this book or book chapter written - what is its purpose? 
  • Is it presenting research, making an argument, or giving an opinion?


  • Who wrote the book or book chapter? 
  • What credentials do they have? 


  • Where was the book or chapter published? 
  • Was it published by a scholarly publisher, like the University of Oxford Press, or a commercial one, like Harper Collins? 


  • How have the authors conducted their research or made their arguments? 
  • Do they describe their research methods and cite appropriate sources? 

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