Many professors will require that you only use “peer reviewed” journals in your projects (see What is Peer Review for a definition). Not all academic journals are peer reviewed, though. So, how do you know if an article you’ve found is peer reviewed or not?
A great resource called Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory will help you answer that question. I’ll give you step-by-step instructions for accessing this resource:
- Go to www.lib.uwo.ca and click the “Databases” link
- Choose “U” and then click on the “Ulrich’s” entry (Off campus users must log in)
- In the search box, enter the name of the journal you are searching for
- Next to the name of your journal, you will see little symbols
- Look for a referee jersey icon: if one exists, that journal is peer reviewed
- If you see no icons at all, you may need to turn this function on: click the “Change Columns” link and make sure the referee jersey is selected
For more information on peer reviews, see: What does “peer review” mean?