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What are scholarly sources? What is peer review?

  • Scholarly sources are journal articles and books that are created by scholars in a particular field to communicate their knowledge and research to other members of their scholarly community
  • Peer review is a kind of quality control for academic books and articles. Before something is published, it is reviewed by a few other scholars in the same or related areas to make sure the work was done to high standards.

Zotero is the main citation manager used in the humanities and social sciences.

Websites such as the Citation Machine can be also helpful in setting up references.


York's SPARK modules have lots of information about writing, referencing and how to avoid mistakes in attribution. 


My topics: Sex and sexuality in the works of Samuel R. Delany // Unreality in Philip K. Dick's Man in the High Castle

Let's look at some Wikipedia articles! Encyclopedia of Science Fiction!

Some keywords!

  • philip k dick and high castle
  • man in the high castle and (reality or perception or dream or counterfactual or alternate history)
  • science fiction and reality
  • science fiction and alternate history
  • science fiction and world war II
  • alternate history and high castle
  • alternate history and philip k dick
  • delany and triton
  • delany and sex
  • delany and (sex or sexuality or homosexuality)





  • York University Library Catalogue
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  • The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
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General Literary Indexes & Databases

Periodical databases bring together a number of different online journals and other resources into one search engine. Use these discipline-specific tools to find citations, abstracts and/or full text articles, reports and other resources on your literary topic. Both scholarly and popular articles may be included. If you need help, we have a handy guide on how to find journal articles.

  • Scholars Portal Journals
    Almost 9,000 full-text academic journals covering a wide range of academic disciplines. Keyword searching to identify articles on different topics is supported.
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  • Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Database
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  • Literature Online
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  • MLA International Bibliography
    Contains more than 2 million records for material published in the subject area of modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics. Each year more than 50,000 items are added. It indexes scholarly articles, books and dissertations and is international in scope. Coverage is from 1926 to the present.
  • Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature
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  • Literature Resource Center
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General Humanities Indexes & Databases

  • History of Science, Technology and Medicine
    Describes journal articles, conference proceedings, books, book reviews, and dissertations in the history of science, technology, and medicine and allied historical fields. The database integrates the Isis Current Bibliography of the History of Science, the Current Bibliography in the History of Technology (Technology and Culture), the Bibliografia Italiana di Storia della Scienza and the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Updated quarterly; covers 1975-present.
    Used by millions for research, teaching, and learning. With more than a thousand academic journals and over one million images, letters, and other primary documents, JSTOR is a trusted sources for academic content.
  • Historical Abstracts
    Covers world history, excluding North America, from 1450 to the present era. It indexes journals from around the world and also includes books and dissertations. Includes articles on the History and Philosophy of Science. Coverage is from 1954 - present.
  • Philosophers Index
    Good coverage of philosopy-related aspects of science and technology. Indexes articles, anthologies, book reviews, books and essays in anthologies. It is international in scope and not limited to any one period or culture. Coverage is from 1940 - present.
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    Anthropology Plus provides worldwide indexing of journal articles, reports, commentaries, edited works, and obituaries in the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture, and interdisciplinary studies.
  • Abstracts in Anthropology
    Contains a section on medical anthropology. Also, it is a long-standing guide that provides indexing to research of interest to anthropologists in general.

Peer Review

  • Identifying Peer-Reviewed Journals
    York University Libraries' guide to identifying peer-reviewed journals.
  • Ulrich's Web
    Look up a journal in Ulrich's Web to find out if it is peer-reviewed. Note: Ulrich's calls peer-reviewed "refereed."

RACER Interlibrary Loan

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