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"The Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy is a research and training center affiliated with the College of Public Programs at Arizona State University."


Specific Sources: Books

At first glance

By glancing at the first few pages of a book, you can easily find information to begin evaluating it. This information may include:

Author's name

  • Remember, knowing who wrote the book, and information about them, can help you determine if the information is reliable.

Date it was published

  • Keep in mind that depending on your topic the age of the material may be important.


  • Publishers may include university presses, large commercial publishers, non-profit organizations, and others.
  • Knowing who published the work can indicate the reliability of the information. For example, if the publisher is a university press the material is usually scholarly.

Edition or revision

  • Later editions include updated information on the topic and may indicate that the work has become a standard source in the field of study.

 A Closer Look

By taking a closer look at the book, you can find additional information to help you evaluate it.

Is there a bibliography or footnotes?

  • A detailed bibliography or footnotes can help you determine the accuracy and thoroughness of the work.
  • The author's sources might also be useful for your research.

For what audience was the book written?

  • Was it written for the general public or for a scholarly audience?

Do the contents indicate that the book contains the information you need?

  • Look at the table of contents which will be at the beginning of the book, or at the index which will be at the end, to determine if the information that you need is in the book.

Social Sciences Librarian

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Christina Sullivan
Hayden Library

The ASU Library acknowledges the twenty-three Native Nations that have inhabited this land for centuries. Arizona State University's four campuses are located in the Salt River Valley on ancestral territories of Indigenous peoples, including the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) Indian Communities, whose care and keeping of these lands allows us to be here today. ASU Library acknowledges the sovereignty of these nations and seeks to foster an environment of success and possibility for Native American students and patrons. We are advocates for the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge systems and research methodologies within contemporary library practice. ASU Library welcomes members of the Akimel O’odham and Pee Posh, and all Native nations to the Library.