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EEB208H1- Ecosystems and the Human Footprint

Use UofT LibrarySearch to Find Peer-Reviewed Articles

"Peer-reviewed Articles" is one of the filter options in LibrarySearch. Selecting this filter limits your search results to articles published in scholarly journals that use a peer-review editorial process. 

Results page with arrow pointing to peer-reviewed articles filter.


Understanding Peer Review

Peer Review is:

  • The formal process by which researchers critically appraise each other's work to ensure a high level of scholarship in a journal and to improve the quality and readability of a manuscript. 
  • Applied to both primary articles (i.e. articles which present findings from original research) and review articles that summarize primary research. 

How this Filter Works

LibrarySearch is integrated with UlrichsWeb, a periodical index that includes the peer-review status of more than 300,000 journals. When you select this filter, LibrarySearch instantly narrows your results to those UlrichsWeb indicates are peer-reviewed. 

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Check if your article is in a Peer-Review Journal

Using Ulrich's Web

The simplest way to determine if a journal is peer-reviewed or refereed is to use Ulrich's Web.  Ulrich's Web is a database that contains information on over 300,000 journals, magazines and newspapers. 

You can access Ulrich's Web directly through UofT Library catalogue record or by typing "ulrich's web" into the University of Toronto Library's webpage

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.

In the example shown below, both the online and print versions of Earth Sciences History are peer-reviewed, while Earth Sciences is not.


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Learn more from UofT Libraries' Understanding Peer Review Guide