To assess how authoritative a work is consider a range of factors including:
> author's credentials (does the author have expertise or qualifications in the field?)
> publisher - credibility (e.g. a university press is generally regarded more highly than a publisher producing works targeted at the popular market)
> does the author cite references to support claims?
Watch the short video Scholarly Sources Explained (3 min) for further help.
Common title? Add in some extra information, such as the author's surname, using basic search, for example: art history stokstad - limited by Book
Puzzled when the Catalogue record for a book does not appear to mention what you are looking for (and typed in)?
Scroll down the screen. More information (e.g. subject, summary / description and participating artists) may be listed here.
Not all records have this level of detail - but it's useful when they do! Book reviews in journals can also help guide you to suitable books and may mention more details than contained in the Catalogue book record.