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Imaging Science Databases
What is Peer Review?
It is the quality control system for scholarship. It means that articles in a peer-reviewed journal must be scrutinized by experts before they are published. SYNONYMS = 'academic', 'juried', 'refereed', 'scholarly'.
How can you tell when something is peer-reviewed?
1) When you are looking at a print copy, of an entire issue of a journal, the editorial board of scholars with academic credentials and institutional affiliations will be listed somewhere. These are the 'peers' that review each published article.
2) Use a check box limit in your database search (when available).
3) Consult Ulrich's Periodicals Directory. (Search on the source title NOT the article title.) An icon of a referee's jersey will indicate that the journal is peer-reviewed.
Finding Full-Text Articles
When you are searching in the Library's databases look first for a link to a PDF file.
If no PDF link is available look for the button.
This button allows you to:
- See if the article is available online in ANY of the Library's databases, not just the one you are using.
- Search the Library's Catalog to see if the article is available in the library (if it is not online).
- Automatically do an interlibrary loan request if the article is not available online or in the library.