Often the most in-depth analysis of a topic will be available in a book. While reference sources introduce a topic more broadly, the material in books will be more focused. Books may be intended for the general public or for an academic or scholarly audience. Here is a chart to help differentiate between scholarly and popular books.
Popular vs. Scholarly Books
Scholarly books & eBooks
Popular books & eBooks
Scholar, researcher, professor
Journalist, political pundit, professional writer
University press or academic publisher
Popular press such as Random House, or Hachette
Understandable without discipline expertise, approachable
Scholars and students in a specific discipline
Advance research/ contribute to a discipline
Entertain or inform, sell product, promote a perspective
Index, footnotes or bibliography, extensive use of primary evidence
May or may not include references, which may or may not be primary evidence
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