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Research Fundamentals: FAQs


Frequently Asked Questions

The majority of our electronic databases and journals are restricted for use only by UF faculty, staff, and students. If you are on campus, the library recognizes your IP address. However, if you are off campus, you will need to log on using the UF proxy server or Virtual Private Network.
To find out if a journal is peer reviewed (also known as refereed), you can use the Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory. Search by journal title, ISSN, etc. and look for the tiny referee shirt as an indicator that it is a peer-review journal.

Not every article in a peer-reviewed journal is a peer-reviewed article. Some scholarly journals also publish letters, conference notes, news items, etc. Look at the full text of the article you're interested in: a peer-reviewed article will show a string of dates to indicate that the article was reviewed and revised. Example: Manuscript received November 9, 2007; revised March 5, 2008. Published September 4, 2008.
Journal: Be sure that you are looking in the catalog for the journal and not just through the e-journal locator. We have an increasing number of journals online but many titles (especially older volumes) are still in print format. The print journals in Marston are shelved by call number and date: volumes after 1990 are on the 3rd floor and before 1990 on the 1st floor. If we don't hold your desired journal, you can request the individual article through Interlibrary Loan (see book below).

Book: If you can't locate the book in the catalog, you can order it through UBorrow (click the UBorrow button from the UF catalog entry for the item you want) or Interlibrary Loan. Use your Gatorlink information to log into your UBorrow/ILL account and be sure to specify as much information as you can about the desired book. In either case, please contact me, Michelle Nolan, so I am aware of the missing resource.
Marston Science Library has printers located on the second (main) and first floors. Print costs range from $0.08 - $0.75 and can be found here: PRINTING

Scanners are also available on the second (main) and first floors to make a PDF of the article which you can then save on a USB drive, save to the cloud, or email to yourself.

You can also check out most journals to photocopy articles elsewhere.
The best way to receive help is to contact me, Michelle Nolan, your librarian for chemical sciences. I can be reached by email at michellenolan@ufl.edu, in person at Marston Science Library L201C, or by phone at 352-273-0366. Please contact me if you are having trouble finding material, wish to place material on course reserve, have questions about databases, or would like to schedule an instruction session for yourself, class, or lab group.

For general reference questions, please call the Marston Science Library reference desk at 352-273-2856 or instant message our chat reference service. For more information, visit our "Ask A Librarian" page.
We offer RefWorks and EndNote Basic (web-based bibliographic managers), for all faculty, staff, and students. They both allow users to create an unlimited number of accounts, import and create article citations, and format and quickly output reference lists into Word, HTML, or plain text format. You will need to create an account and, if off campus, be sure to use the UF VPN. Mendeley is a free reference managing software that can also be useful.
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