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Resources for UTSC undergraduate students taking one of the directed reading or directed research courses in physics.

What is Peer-Reviewed?

Not all journal articles are peer-reviewed because not all journals are peer-reviewed.

Articles in peer-reviewed journals are reviewed by a group of the writer's peers (other academics in their field) before the articles are published.

It might sound confusing, but you know that an article is peer-reviewed if it comes from a peer-reviewed journal.

You can find out if a journal (and its articles) is peer-reviewed by searching for the journal title in Ulrich's, as described in the box to the right.

Getting Fulltext

When searching for articles in research databases, look for the getit! button* to link to the article's FREE full-text online. If we don't have an electronic copy of the article, it will also let you look for print versions of the article, or request it via Interlibrary Loan.  

If there is no"Get it!" link, or you experience problems, simply search for the journal in the U of T Library Catalogue or the Libraries' E-Journals Collection.  When full-text is not readily available online, make sure you use the title of the journal (not the article title or author).

Alternatively, enter the citation information in the "Article Finder" found on the library's homepage. 

*Different databases have different full-text buttons so you might want to  also look for buttons labelled full-text or PDF.

Evaluating Journals

Search Ulrich's from your search results

You can also access Ulrich's directly from your search results as demonstrated in the following video:

Examples of Peer-Reviewed Physics Journals to get you started