Scholarly books are typically written for an expert audience and intended to share research findings. Although not peer reviewed, books published by university presses or other established academic publishers go through a thorough editorial process.
Academic books generally fall into four categories:
Encyclopedias are important sources to consider when initially researching a topic.
The TiU library has online access to a large number of encyclopedias. They are listed on the library's Encyclopedias and dictionaries page.
In an encyclopedia you won't find the latest developments in an academic field.