Choice Outstanding Academic Titles

The best in scholarly titles, including books and digital resources, reviewed by Choice during the past year.

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Between December 1 and June 30 you’ll receive a weekly enewsletter from Choice highlighting a themed snippet from our list of Outstanding Academic Titles of 2023.

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In December of each year Choice publishes its list of Outstanding Academic Titles. This prestigious list reflects the best in scholarly titles, both print and digital, reviewed by Choice during the previous year and brings with it the extraordinary recognition of the academic library community. The list is quite selective, containing approximately ten percent of some 5,000 works reviewed annually in Choice.

In naming a work an Outstanding Academic Title, the editors apply several criteria:
-overall excellence in presentation and scholarship
-importance relative to other literature in the field
-distinction as a first treatment of a given subject in book or electronic form
-originality or uniqueness of treatment
-value to undergraduate students
-importance in building undergraduate library collections

While the full list is only available to subscribers to Choice Reviews or Choice magazine, we encourage you to sign up for our Outstanding Academic Titles enewsletter, where we send complimentary snippets of the award winning books in the list weekly, from December through June. Sign up here.

For Publishers: Choice OAT Seals

Choice notifies individual publishers about their selected titles by mail. The entire list is available for purchase. Books selected as OATs are eligible to bear an OAT cover seal. To order seals click here or email

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