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Hastings Center Report

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The Hastings Center Report explores the ethical, legal, and social issues in medicine, health care, public health, and the life sciences.

Key Journals

These are just a few of the excellent journals with relevant research available through Saint Francis University Library.

Philosophy Databases

Open Access Journals

The DOAJ provides convenient access to a wide range of open access journals across all disciplines. Many are peer-reviewed. Peter Suber defines Open Access (OA) literature as "digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder."

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan for books, articles, and much more!

If we don't have it, we can probably get it for you!

Books - generally arrive within 7-10 business days

Articles - generally arrive within two business days. Sometimes the same day!!

CDs and DVDs - generally arrive within 7-10 business days


Peer-review? Refereed? Scholarly?

Peer-review in 3 Minutes

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What does it mean when my professor wants me to use "scholarly articles"?

  • They want you to use articles that go beyond the basic type of information you might get in a newspaper or popular magazine (like, Newsweek or Popular Science).
  • Scholarly articles are where much of the work of the discipline gets done or directly reported.
    • A scholarly Chemisty article may be a thirty page report detailing everything about an experiment that a group of scientists completed.
    • A scholarly Literature article may be an analysis of a recent novel using a particular theory lens, such as feminist theory.
  • Scholarly articles are written for an audience that has an educational background in such topics.
    • You may find scholarly articles difficult to read. Don't worry, that's part of you learning!

What does "peer-reviewed" or "refereed" mean?

  • These both refer to the same process that many scholarly articles undergo before publication.
  • The article is sent out to independent reviewers who critique the article. These reviewers are experts or well-experienced scholars/practitioners in the field.
  • They analyze the paper's research quality, its logical cohesiveness, the accuracy of its theoretical applications. Essentially, these peer reviewers help to make the article the best it can be, to ensure that the research is top notch.
  • A careful researcher (like you) cares to find the best, peer-reviewed scholarly articles for their research needs.

Want to be double-sure the journal you're using is "peer-reviewed"?

Then search for it in Ulrich's and if you see the referee jersey next to your journal... it is!