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What types of reviews and sourcing can I use for literature?

asked 2017-07-28 09:07:37 -0500

I want to create an article on a book. What type of sourcing is available out there?

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answered 2017-07-28 09:07:45 -0500

Depending on how well known the book is and its age, there can be a wide variety of sourcing out there, however these are the most common:

  • Academic texts

Coverage in books by a reputable academic publisher can often be used as a reliable source for an article. Make sure to check for how in-depth the coverage is - if the book is only briefly mentioned then this will likely only be seen as a brief, trivial source that cannot show notability and may not be very useful for your article.

  • Journal articles

Some books may receive coverage from an academic or peer-reviewed journal, typically in the form of reviews. These can be used to source your reception section, however you may also be able to use this for a themes section (if applicable to the book) if the reviewer clearly states that the book possesses a particular theme. Make sure that you are careful to check the author and contents of the piece, as some journals will publish essays by the author or excerpts from the book.

  • Trade articles

Be careful when using trade reviews. At the time of this answer trade reviews are still considered a reliable source that can show notability, but they are not the best sources to build an article with. The reason for this is that most trade reviews are only a few sentences or a paragraph long, so they tend to be depreciated by some editors. You can use them, but they shouldn't be the main sources you're relying upon. Trade articles in general can also be difficult as some tend to be very general, but pieces that focus heavily on the work or its author can be helpful. In general, if all you have are trade reviews and articles, the topic may not pass notability guidelines overall.

  • Newspaper and magazine articles

Newspaper and magazine articles are often a good place to find coverage for a book, albeit particularly mainstream ones. When looking at this media, make sure to check and see if the publisher is reputable - not all outlets that label themselves a newspaper or magazine are considered to be reliable on Wikipedia. Always check to see if the outlet is well known, that they have clear editorial oversight, and that the piece has an author. Pieces that lack an author credit may be press releases or heavily based on press releases, so be cautious.

  • Websites

The ease of access to the Internet has brought about many websites that focus on the literary world, however not all of these are considered to be reliable sources. Avoid using self-published sources like blogs, as these are rarely seen as reliable due to a lack of editorial oversight. When looking at websites, check to see if they are well known, that they have clear editorial oversight, that the review or article has an author, and that they are not a thinly veiled marketing website, as some websites push heavily for authors or publishers to ... (more)

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