Confirming Scholarly Research
There are a few different ways for you to confirm the academic nature of the book or article that you are interested in:
Contains bibliographic descriptions and ordering information for approximately 300,000 periodicals (also known as serials) including scholarly journals, popular magazines and newspapers. Information includes publisher, country of publication, format, whether active or ceased, start year, frequency, document type, refereed/peer reviewed status, reviews as well as abstracting, indexing and full text database coverage.
To use Ulrich's Web:
- go to our Ulrichsweb page, and click on the title Ulrichsweb to connect
- at Ulrichsweb type the publication title into the text box and click Search
- find your publication title in the resulting list, and click its title to see the details
- if your title is academic/scholarly, the Basic Description section will include a line that says: "Content Type:Academic/Scholarly"
- if your title is peer-reviewed/refereed, the description will include a line that says: "Refereed: Yes".
- a referee shirt icon will also display in the Basic Description and in the search results list, if the title is peer-reviewed
The best place to begin a search for a scholarly book review is the Book Review Index (1965 to present). This database indexes more than 600 journals ranging from general interest magazines such as Newsweek to scholarly journals like the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. Scholarly reviews of older titles may be found in the Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews in Scholarly Journals (1886-1974). This publication indexes more than 450 journals in history, political science and sociology. Another collection of scholarly and general book reviews can be found in the Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews in Humanities Journals (1802-1974).
The publisher's website is useful for gaining information on the review process of a scholarly journal or academic book. The website will include information about the editorial review process as well as the editorial board for a specific journal.