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Biochemistry -- BCMB301

A subject guide created to assist students complete their library assignment for Biochemistry & Microbiology 301A.

How do I know if the library has a journal in print or Online?

To find out if the library owns a particular journal in print or online format, you will need to look up the journal by title in the Library Catalogue.  Be sure to type in the journal's title (not the article title) in full - do not use an abbreviation.  (Also omit any initial articles)

Click on the link below to see an example of a journal the library has in print and online. (the journal title is New Scientist).

Does UVic subscribe to a specific journal title?

Search all UVic Libraries resources

Enter the journal title in the search box. On the results page. Refine your results by "Journals"  or "Online Journals."

Other methods to find out whether UVic subscribes to a specific journal title - Choose one of the following search strategies: 

1) Search by the journal title, using the Libraries E-Journals A-Z list. 

2) Browse by journal subject category, using the Libraries E-journals by subject web page.

How do I know if a journal is peer-reviewed?

What is Peer-Review?

Peer-reviewed articles have been evaluated by several researchers or subject specialist in the academic community prior to accepting it for publication. Also known as scholarly or refereed.

Verify that a journal is peer reviewed (refereed) by looking up the journal title in Ulrich's Periodicals Directory.

Remember that there may be content in peer reviewed journals which is not peer reviewed.  These may be book reviews, letters, or front and back matter.  In most cases, though, the research articles within will be peer reviewed. Consult a librarian if you're not sure.

Scholarly vs. Popular

"Scholarly" or "popular" are terms used to describe a source's content, purpose, audience, appearance, citations and more. Popular sources are useful for getting ideas for a topic or for background and anecdotal information. Watch the video below to find out more about Scholarly vs. popular sources:

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