Halloween may be over, but we’re totally spooked by how fast final exams are approaching. We always enjoy learning about all the incredible topics that you are researching and we love being a part of your research process. Here’s a list of some of the topics and questions we helped our patrons find information about in the past few weeks:
- The #Me Too Movement
- Five-Second Rule
- Effect of gender salience on breast cancer awareness messaging
- STEM participation barriers among underrepresented minority
- History of neon light
- Injury prevention in student athletes
- The Catalan independence movement
- Non-verbal communication such as “silent treatment” or the “cold shoulder”
- Cultural impact of fracking
- FIFA scandal
- History of the Chicago River
- Economic disparity in China
- Why doesn’t the U.S. use the metric system?
We have been getting a lot of inquiries about finding peer-reviewed/scholarly articles. Although all peer-reviewed articles are scholarly, not all scholarly articles are peer-reviewed. A peer-reviewed article has been reviewed for accuracy by other experts/peers in the field. Here’s how one of our librarians answered a question about a peer-reviewed journal article recently.
Question: I’m trying to find if a journal article I found on a DePaul database is peer-reviewed. Can you direct me on how to find this information?
Answer: It’s always helpful to look at the journal’s website to see what they say about their review process. Here at DePaul, we have access to a database called Ulrich’s International Periodicals which is accessible through our A-Z Databases & Resources from the main library page. This database provides a directory of journals and magazines published around the world and it can help you determine whether a publication is refereed/peer-reviewed.
Remember, some of our databases allow you to limit your search to scholarly and/or peer-reviewed. If you’d like to learn more about the peer review process, we have a helpful Research Guide titled Scholarly Sources (A How-to Guide) that explains the peer review process.
If you have a question, we’ll help you find the answer. Find out how to connect with us through our Ask a Librarian Service. Thanks for reading and good luck with your finals exams, papers, and projects!