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Find a Peer Reviewed article?

  Peer reviewed articles can be found in many helath science databases.  In CINAHL or PsychInfo, within the limis prior to your search, choose "Peer
  review".   Or, you can look at the abstract and under "Journal subset" or Publication type" lit will list if it is peer reviewed,  PubMed cannot limit a
  search to peer-reviewed journals.  Most journals indexed for PubMed are peer-reviewed or refereed, but peer review criteria and reviewer/referee
  qualifications vary.  Ask A Librarian if you still are having trouble.

Cite a Cochrane Review in APA 6th?

The name of the Cochrane database is formatted like a journal publication. The names of the reviewers are listed in the author field. The year that the review was updated is formatted as the volume number.   For example:

Furlan, A. D., van Tulder, M. W., Cherkin, D., Tsukayama, H., Lao, L., Koes, B. W., & Berman, B. M. J. (2010). Acupuncture and dry-needling for  
         low back pain [Amended review]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2011(2), 1-136. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD001351.pub2

Request an article?

   To request an article that is not immediately available electronically. Use "Find It."  To learn how to use "Find It," watch our video.

Accessing a Requested Article through Find It?

   To retrieve an article requested via "Find It", watch this video.

Get a book/video/CD/etc Ebling Library does not have?

  First check with the library catalog and expand your search to the UW System.  If another UW Library has the item, choose the "place a request"
  button on the right.  Log in with your Net ID and place the request and choose what library it will be delivered to.  Once the item has been
  delivered, you will receive and email stating it is ready to be picked up.

  Or use the campus libraries' Article & Book Delivery service if you know the title and/or author of an article/book/CD/etc.

Can you recommend a citation manager?

   Choosing a citation manager is a decision you will have to make.  Depending on the needs for your research, you may find a web-based citation
   manager is adequete, or you may need something more robust.  Take a library workshop to test drive a citation amanger to see if it works for
   you.  Look at this comparison chart to narrow your options.

Do I have to return my books to renew them?

   Usually you can use your MadCat account to check on and renew books you have checked out, as well as find out the status of recalls, and fine or
   fee information and more. Log in at the My Library Catalog Account page with your 11 digit UW-Madison ID.  If the system will not let you renew
   the item, contact us to help you with the problem.

How do I get into the library for study hall?

   Students with HSLC entry permissions on their WisCard or badge may enter the library using the library's front door badge reader. See the
    Study Hall Hours FAQ for more details about access and eligibility.

Can you help me write an article/paper/dissertation?

   We would rather leave this task to the great folks at the UW Writing Center.

Can you help me choose a journal to publish in?

Yes, we can give you some suggestions.  Visit the individual journal web pages or journals in the scpeific field and read the Aims & Scope to find out about the type of papers that the journal accepts.

Some questions you might wish to consider are:

  • Does the journal have an international audience?
  • Is the journal peer reviewed?
  • Who is the editor?
  • Who is on the editorial board?
  • Which authors publish in the journal?
  • Is the journal in the Social Science Citation Index (SSCI®) database?
  • Is the journal available online?
  • Is the journal published by an international association or learned society?