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Research Guides

Getting Started on Research in the UI Library : Articles

A general introduction to using the library's resources.

About Articles

Why for finding specific information on your topic
Where articles can be found in article databases and in print (in the form of journals, magazines, trade publications, newspapers). Try looking in second floor periodicals section and the journals section of our website.
How begin by narrowing your search using boolean operators, key terms, and concept mapping


Getting Your Article

What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is service that allows for the worldwide sharing of library materials.  This service is available for faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students.    

How do I Request a Library Item Using Interlibrary Loan?

  1. Locate the book you would like to request using the library catalog.
  2. If the book is not available, or checked, click on Find it, and then Request.
  3. Enter your user name and password.
  4. Verify book request to make sure all necessary fields are complete, and submit.
  5. A record of the request should appear on your account page.


UI Library databases can be browsed by subject or alphabetically by title in the "Articles" tab on the library website.

Some of our most popular databases include:

Peer Review

What is Peer Review?

Peer-reviewed articles (also know as refereed) go through a process where they are analyzed by experts in a field before publication.

  • articles are examined to evaluate the quality of research
  • reviewers decide if the article adds to the content of the field

Articles can be scholarly (written and published for an academic audience), yet not go through the peer-review process.

Is my Article Peer Reviewed?

1. Check if your journal is peer reviewed

  • Search for your title in Ulrich's Global Serials Directory
  • When you find your journal, look for a "referee shirt" symbol.  The symbol will appear next to any journal title that is peer reviewed and/or refereed (interchangeable terms).


2. If the journal is peer reviewed, then assess the article

  • Is it a full research article?  If your article is a short news brief, an editorial, a letter to the editor, or a re-print of a conference proceeding, it is not peer reviewed.

Google Scholar @ UI

Want to use Google Scholar to find articles?

Go to Scholar Preferences and scroll down to "Library Links". Type "University of Idaho" in the search box, and select both "University of Idaho-U Idaho 360 Link" and "Open WorldCat-Library Search". Scroll down and save changes. This will allow Google Scholar to cross-check some of our subscriptions and give you full-text access with your UI log-in.

Google Scholar Search