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ANT332H5F Human Origins I: Early Ancestors to Homo

This guide supports learning and research in the ANT332 course. What does it mean to be human? Paleoanthropologists address this question by using fossil evidence to piece together our evolutionary history. Who we are today is a product of our biological

Peer reviewed articles and the process of scholarship

Scholarship is an extended conversation between researchers, and the scholarly literature in each discipline tells the story of of the inquiry that fuels the conversation. Peer-reviewed journal articles are the main mechanism researchers use to communicate original research and new ideas. Before publication, research articles usually go through the peer review process. To find out how this happens, watch this video from the NCSU Library:

How to Ensure an Article is Peer-Reviewed

Instead of worrying about whether a source is peer-reviewed or not, it is best to check the Ulrich's Periodical Directory, or UlrichsWeb. The process is described in this Ulrichsweb Guide.

The video below can also help you to learn how to use Ulrichsweb:

Just search for ulrichsweb in the LibrarySearch box to find the database record:

Ulrichsweb record

Researchers speak about peer review

While there have been acknowledged abuses and failures of peer review, many researchers still believe it is the best (if flawed) process we have. Take a look at these reflections on peer review as a research tool from scientists and information professionals interviewed during Peer Review Week 2019:

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