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CRIM 3500 - Advanced Criminal Procedures

This guide provides best practices for searching Google Scholar and other powerful databases - for using reference lists to connect to related research - for determining if a journal is peer-reviewed - and for requesting articles not owned by the UNI Rod

Checking for Peer-Review - Three Options

Here are three methods for the checking peer-reviewed (refereed) status of a journal:

  1. OneSearch - easiest method if you have the title of an article
  2. UlrichsWeb - most comprehensive list of journals (currently only works on campus) (must have journal name)
  3. Scholar's Portal - if you're off campus and you only have the name of the journal


About Peer Review and Databases that limit to Peer-Reviewed Journals


Peer-Review Check - Option #1 - OneSearch (library website)

 Paste the title of your journal article into OneSearch and "Search" to see if this article comes from a peer-reviewed journal


 OneSearch will indicate whether the journal that contains your article is peer reviewed with a blue icon and the label PEER REVIEWED

If the journal that this article was published in a blue icon and PEER REVIEWED label will appear in the results.


If your article doesn't appear in the OneSearch results -
which will happen if we don't subscribe to the journal -
you can still generate a OneSearch record by clicking on
the option Expand My Results -
found on the right-hand side of the results page.



Peer-Review Check - Option #2 - "UlrichsWeb"



For instance if I search for journals with the word "Sociology" in the title UlrichsWeb indicates that:

Police Quarterly is refereed (it is peer reviewed)

Police Law Quarterly is not refereed (it is not peer reviewed)

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Quarterly is not refereed (it is not peer reviewed)

Use UlrichsWeb to determine if your journal is peer-reviewed. If a black and white referee's shirt icon appears next to the journal name - that journal is refereed (peer-reviewed).


WARNING  the black-and-white referee's shirt icon is the icon to watch for when determining if a journal is peer-reviewed (refereed).  Do not pay any attention to the gold stars (which are labeled "reviewed" ... but in this case that just means the journal was "reviewed" by a librarian for UlrichsWeb ... it does NOT mean that the journal is "peer reviewed").


You can also click on the title of the entry - e.g. Rural Sociology - and then click on the option "Additional Title Details" which will also confirm that the journal is indeed "peer reviewed".

UlrichsWeb Additional Title Details will indicate if a journal is refereed (peer-reviewed)

Peer-Review Check - Option #3 - "Scholar's Portal"


About Peer Review and Databases that limit to Peer-Reviewed Journals

To maintain high levels of quality and reliability, the most respected and dependable journals in Sociology require all manuscripts (potential articles) to be reviewed by other experts (peers) to determine whether the submitted scholarship meets the high standards of the journal.

This process is called peer review and journals that utilize peer review are often referred to as refereed journals.  


To be sure you are using the highest quality research and scholarship in your projects you should gather your materials from peer reviewed journals / refereed journals   


How can you be sure you are working with a peer-reviewed journal?

When searching Criminal Justice Abstracts you can check the box for "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" either before or after you search?

When searching OneSearch you can limit your results after you search by clicking on the "Peer-reviewed Journals" option found on the right-hand column of the results page:

The Peer-reviewed Journal option in OneSearch (the Rod Library search engine)


However, you might find an article using Google Scholar or from a reference list or using the cited by option in Google Scholar. Since you can't limit to peer-reviewed journals with these techniques you need to use OneSearch, or the database UlrichsWeb, or the Scholar's Portal to determine if the journal that published your article was refereed (peer-reviewed).