Melinda M Livas
Student Services Librarian
by Melinda M. Livas – November 22, 2021
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BrowZine visually presents the library’s e-journals in a browsable and readable format with seamless synchronization across devices. Includes a My Bookshelf feature which enables users to add their favorite titles and receive notification of newly published articles (including articles in press). Articles can be saved to My Articles for reading and referencing later.
Peer Review, also known as Refereed.
Peer-reviewed literature is scholarly/ academic research that is reviewed by one or more experts (i.e. peers) in addition to the editor before being accepted for publication.
Peer-Reviewed vs. Scholarly/ Academic
Not all scholarly literature is peer-reviewed. Scholarly literature is written by experts in the field and is typically published in academic journals. However, the editor reviews the article to decided publication- there is no peer review.
Trade and Professional Publications
Trade and professional literature resembles scholarly literature in that it is written by experts in the field (e.g. specialized journalists or technical writers). Its main purpose is to convey information to other members of the profession or trade. Articles in trade and professional journals will be more like news stories, reports on research, events, and opinions. Also, they are often published by the professional/trade associations for the field.
Popular, News, or General Interest Publications
Popular literature tends to be written by journalists for magazines and newspapers. Newsweek and New York Times are considered popular literature.
How to Identify Peer-Reviewed Articles:
A selection of databases (many from the Proquest platform) will include a checkbox to limit to “Peer Reviewed” articles. For journals retrieved from other databases, use the online Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory to locate your journal and then look for the black symbol indicating the publication is “Refereed.”
UC Library Search, the new Library catalog includes all of the UC library collections. This setting is specific for the UC Davis libraries including (for the first time) the holdings of the Law Library. If you Sign in (on the top right corner) using your UCD login and Kerberos passphrase, you are prompted with your loan period, can renew books online, and request items that have been checked out to another borrower, or are in storage.
Books is a searchable database of books, but not all the content is available for free. To search for full-text books only:
HathiTrust is a collection of books digitized by US research libraries. You can search the full-text of over 10 million books, but access to some of the content is restricted. To search for full-text books only:
OCLC catalog: millions of records for books, journal titles and materials in other formats from approximately 12,000 libraries worldwide. Coverage: 1000 A.D. to the present.
Also see Citation Guides: This guide describes what a publication citation is and provides information on the most common disciplinary styles — MLA, APA, Chicago, CSE and more.
Using Endnote, citations can be stored, searched, and quickly inserted into research papers in the format of many scholarly journals. Endnote makes identifying and formatting citations for publications a breeze. Check out the Endnote@UCDavis page for more information such as loading software, instructional videos, library endnote workshops, and more.
EndNote is citation management software that allows you to store, manage, and format bibliographic citations, and easily change the formatting of citations in Word documents. EndNote Online is available, and free to UC Davis students, faculty, and staff. [EndNote online is perfect for undergraduate students].
EndNote Desktop is a more robust version of EndNote Online and you will need to purchase a license. Feel free to visit UC Davis’ OnTheHub for licensing information.
***Make sure you have logged into the VPN Pulse secure***
Use the link above, or,
From the Web of Science database: click on the “Endnote” link (in the toolbar at the top screen)
From Web of Science:
Log on to Endnote Online
Search Web of Science. Then from the Web of Science results screen:
Select citations to export,
click on the Save to EndNote online link
choose Save to EndNote online
Use Numbers of Records to identify which citations to send, then for Record Content choose: (Full Record and Cited References)
Export will happen automatically.
Allows you to share references with others
Manage My Groups
Manage Sharing: Add email(s)
The Cite While You Write (CWYW) feature in Endnote and Endnote online allows you to create in-text citations and full citations at the end of your paper.
Select the links below and view the screencasts for instructions on how to install the CWYW Plugin, and use this plug-in.
• Is a number used to indicate how influential, or important a particular journal is
• Impact Factor refers to a journal, not to an article, and not to an author (although publishing an article in a journal with a high impact factor is generally considered prestigious)
• The benefits and pitfalls of impact factors are a widely discussed topic in academia. Others measures exist to evaluate the influence of journals, articles, and authors.
• Developed in the 1950’s by Eugene Garfield, Institute of Scientific Information (ISI)
1. From the Library Databases Page select Journal Citation Reports (aka: JCR, and InCites Journal Citation Reports).
From Library Home Page –> Databases –> Enter “Journal Citation Reports”
Or from Web of Science, click “Journal Citation Reports”.
2. To find Impact Factor for a journal:
o Enter the name of the journal or click the BROWSE BY JOURNAL box (then enter journal name)
o On the JOURNAL PROFILE, the most recent Impact factor is in box below on the right, calculation info is directly below
o Unless your assignment specifies otherwise, use the the most recent year available
(because of what is needed to calculate impact factor, the most recent year is the previous year)
2005 Impact Factor for Journal X = A / B, where:
A = Number of times articles published in Journal X in 2003-2004 were cited by indexed journals in 2005
B = Number of articles published in Journal X in 2003-2004
Things to be aware of:
• “indexed journals” means journals indexed by the producer of the Web of Science database (Clarivate Analytics). If Web of Science doesn’t index the journal, it doesn’t get included.
• “number of articles” Web of Science also decides what counts as an “article” (or “citable item”). Usually included are: articles, communications, reviews, notes, etc. Excluded are “news” type items, letters to the editor, etc.
• The lower the denominator, the higher the impact factor.
• A journal’s impact factor refers to a certain year: impact factors do vary from year to year, although most established journals tend to have fairly consistent impact factors (i.e., they don’t vary widely).