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To search for an exact article, search with quotations around your title phrase. See an article title search demonstration.
The advanced search option for articles allows you to use key words. By narrowing down your search results using the facets on the left hand side, you can find relevant articles. Also, if you know the specific details of the article you are looking for, such as volume, issue and/or title, this is where you can search for it.
It is likely that you will receive an overwhelming amount of results, but by selecting the appropriate search filters, format and subject options, you can narrow down your results.
Choose an appropriate database that pertains to the subject you are researching by selecting "Subjects A-Z". For example, if we select "Ecology" from this list, we see all of the relevant databases that contain relevant articles, such as Ecology Abstracts or Environmental Science & Pollution Management.This will also lead you to other resources such as encyclopedias and dictionaries.
A peer-reviewed or refereed journal contains articles that have been through a review process. In order for an article to be published in a scholarly journal, it must first be reviewed for its quality by recognized academics or experts in the field. If an article is published in a journal that does not require a review by experts in the field, it is not considered a scholarly article.
The simplest way to determine if a journal is peer-reviewed or refereed is to use Ulrichsweb. Ulrich's Web is a database that contains information on over 300,000 journals, magazines and newspapers.
You can access Urlichweb through our catalogue, simply by typing "ulrichsweb" into the University of Toronto Library's webpage and then clicking on the ulrichsweb link.
You can also click on this link which will take you directly to our catalogue record of Ulrich's Web.
Type the name of the journal you are investigating into the Ulrich database. If the icon (highlighted in yellow) appears to the left of your journal, then you know the journal is a scholarly publication and has been peer-reviewed.
In the example shown below, both the online and print versions of Earth Sciences History are peer-reviewed, while the journal called Earth Sciences is not.
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