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CEE 429/599, Sustainability in Building Infrastructure, Aut 2016: Peer Review and Scholarly Sources

Peer Review Articles

Scholarly books and articles are "scholarly" because they have gone through a vetting process called peer review. The peer review process basically happens like this:

  1. a researcher or scholar writes a book or article in his or her subject specialty;
  2. The scholar submits the text to a scholarly publisher;
  3. The scholarly publisher finds other scholars (expert peers) in the same field and asks them to read and review the article or book for errors and to make sure that it is academically rigorous (often steps 2 and 3 are repeated as the reviewers find errors or weak arguments, which forces the scholar to revise parts of the book or article and resubmit it for publishing);
  4. Finally, once the author's "peers" conclude that the text is a legitimate work of scholarship, it is published.

Why is this important for you?

The information in a scholarly text is more reliable and credible than

information in popular sources like newspapers and magazines.

Also, scholarly books and articles tell you a lot about common arguments and ways of thinking used by scholars in a particular discipline.When you are writing a paper or giving a presentation on a topic in that discipline, it is helpful for you to be aware of those arguments and ways of thinking.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar
find journal articles, conference papers, theses & dissertations, academic websites and more in all subjects.  Be sure to check your Google Scholar preferences.  Make sure "University of Washington Libraries - Check for Full-Text @ UW" is checked under "Library Links." 

Watch this short video for more information about searching Google Scholar to find UW materials.

Connect from off-campus

Off-Campus access help and support:

Many of the Libraries' resources are available online, 24/7!
However, most of the databases, electronic journals and e-books are UW-restricted:

  • You must log in with your UW NetID
  • Connect through the Libraries off-campus proxy service or UW IT's Husky OnNet

Husky OnNet

Husky OnNet is offered by UW IT to provide a secure temporary connection to the UW network from off-campus locations and can be used instead of the Libraries off-campus proxy service for connecting to UW-restricted resources. Configure Husky OnNet.