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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

updated 2017-10-23 17:45:50 -0500

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

  • Academic texts

In-depth coverage by a reputable academic publisher can be used as a reliable source. If the book is only briefly mentioned, however, this source will likely be seen as trivial and unable to show notability for the topic.

  • Journal articles

Coverage from an academic or peer-reviewed journal typically comes in the form of a review, which can be helpful in sourcing a reception section. In the case that a reviewer clearly states that the book possesses a particular theme, you may also use the source for a themes section. Be careful to check the author and contents of the piece. Some journals will publish essays by the author or excerpts from the book, which are not valid sources for the Wikipedia article about that same author or their work.

  • Trade articles

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 for building an article. Most trade reviews are only a few sentences or a paragraph long, so they tend to be depreciated by some editors. They also tend to be very general. In general, if all you have are trade reviews and articles, the topic may not pass notability guidelines overall.

  • Newspaper and magazine articles

Make sure to check 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

Check if the website is 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. Avoid using self-published sources like blogs, as these are rarely seen as reliable due to a lack of editorial oversight. Check to ensure that if the site accepts user content, that the work is edited prior to publication.

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