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Sociology (SOC) 460 [Sarathchandra]: Search in Library Journals

Search within Specific Journals

When doing research, it can often be helpful to start your search within specific journals that are related to your topic or discipline.

To identify disciplinary journals:

  • Visit the University of Idaho Library website
  • Click "Databases A-Z" below the search box
  • In the drop-down box, scroll to and select "Journal Citation Reports"
  • Click go
    • Enter your U of I - NetID if prompted
  • On the new page, click "Browse by Journal"
  • On the new page, click "Select Categories"
  • Scroll down to and check the box for a specific discipline
    • Example: Sociology
  • Scroll down and click Submit at the bottom of the page

You can now see a ranked list of journals within a specific discipline.

Journals in this list are ranked by a metric called Impact Factor, a calculation that reflects how often articles published in one journal are cited by article published in other journals.

Once you select a journal from this list, you can see if the University of Idaho Library has full-text access to articles.

To check if the Library has access to a journal:

  • Visit the University of Idaho Library website
  • Click "Journals" below the search box
  • On the new page, type the journal name into the search box
    • Example: Sociology Compass
  • Click go or hit enter your keyboard
  • On the new page, click the journal title that provides Online Access
    • If the journal title doesn't appear in the results list, you can still search within a specific journal and request the full-text of articles via Interlibrary Loan
  • Under "View It," click the link that provides the access you need (current/historic articles)
    • Enter your U of I - NetID if prompted

On the journal's homepage:

Once you see if the University of Idaho Library has full-text access to articles., you can visit its website to determine whether it is peer-reviewed.

To determine if a journal is peer-reviewed:

  • Within Journal Citation Reports, click the title of a journal
    • Example: Sociology Compass
  • Identify the publisher
    • Example: Wiley
  • Open a new tab and go to your search engine of choice
  • Search for the name of the journal and the publisher
    • Example: Sociology Compass Wiley
  • Visit the journal’s website
  • Review content such as Aims and Scope, About, Author Guidelines, etc. to determine whether the journal is peer-reviewed
    • Journals may also use terms such as refereed, single-blind review, double-blind review, etc. as synonyms for peer-review

Use Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a Library service that allows you to request materials, such as articles or books, that are neither owned by the UI Library nor available through Summit.

Interlibrary Loan is free.

First time users: Visit the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) website to set-up your ILL account

To place an Interlibrary Loan request:

  1. Search for the item you would like to request using the Library catalog
  2. If this item does not appear in the search results, visit the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) website
  3. Click 'ILLiad Login'
  4. Enter your U of I - NetID credentials
  5. Under 'New Request,' click the item type
  6. Fill-in the required fields, then click on 'Submit'
    • You will receive an email when your item is ready to pick-up or download