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GPHY 384/504 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Finding journals and articles


What is peer review? Journals typically have other experts in the field review articles prior to publication. In a blind peer-review, reviewers know the author's name.  In a double-blind peer-review, neither the author(s) nor the reviewers know the identities of the others. To find the level of peer-review of a particular journal, one usually needs to refer to the editorial statement of that journal.

To find peer-reviewed or referred journal articles, use limits in the databases, check the journal list in our Journals by Title list, or use the Ulrich's Web database to verify if a journal is peer-reviewed.

Finding full text

The full text of many articles is available through our databases.  If it is not, here are your other options for getting the full text.

Use the  link within a database.  If the article is in a journal to which we subscribe, you will either get linked right to that article (electronic access) or be linked into the library catalog to get a call number so you can find the journal in the library (print access).  If we don't subscribe to the journal, you will find a link to get in to Request It! - make a request and we will get a copy from another library for you.

If you have a citation for which you are trying to find full text, use the Journals by Title link to look for the journal by title.  Journals by Titles is a list of all our periodicals holdings, both electronic and print, so is a quick way to find whether the Library has access to a particular publication.  Again, if we do have the journal, you will be linked to electronic access or to the catalog to get a call number.  The Journals by Titles link can be found under FIND on the library's home page.

If the library does not subscribe to a journal, you can request your article through Request It! and we will get a copy for you from another library.  You can log in directly to Request It! using the same username and password you use for D2L (Net/ID and associated password).  Again, you can also get  to Request It! under REQUEST on the library's home page. You can also request that a print article or book chapter be scanned for you or you can ask that a book be held for you at the circulation desk for pick up.

Subject specific indexes & databases

The indexes below are specific to geography. GIS information crosses subject lines, so you will also find useful information in databases focusing on the environment, engineering, economics and so on. Go to our Articles & Research Databases page to see all available resources. 

Multidisciplinary indexes & databases

Other databases

Because of the interdisciplinary nature of GIS, you should also check databases in other subject areas. Go to the Articles & Research Databases link on the library home page or go directly to to access all library databases.

Below are just a couple of those subject databases:

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