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Answered By: Cassie Sampson, Education & General Education Librarian
Last Updated: Apr 18, 2016     Views: 16786

This question can be interpreted in a couple of different ways:

1. If you are looking to identify the publisher of your book, take a look at the Locating Reference Information of the APA Guide. You can also find this page of the Guide below. Notice the tabs at the top to click through.

2. If you are looking to find more information ABOUT the publisher of your book, there a couple of things you can do:

  • Search for the publisher in a database like Hoover's or Mergent. These databases will provide you with information about the publisher as a company: overview, history, financial information, competitors, executives, etc.
  • Search Google for the name of your publisher and have a look at their home page.
    • Is this a vanity press? Ask: if you were an author, would you end up paying a lot of money to have your book published? If so, you might have a vanity publisher and that means a not so good reputation.
    • What books has this publisher published? What kinds of reviews do the books get? (Hint: look up some of their book titles in Amazon). The more books with excellent, professional reviews (not customer reviews), the better the publisher is likely to be.
    • What sort of editorial or submissions policy does the publishing company have? Hint: pretend you are an author who wants to submit your book....what do you have to do?  Is there a peer-review policy (for academic presses)? The more care the company takes to select for and to produce quality materials, the better they are likely to be perceived in the industry.

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