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Rhetoric 1B - Rhetoric and the American Nation State - Fall 2017: Quick Links

Instructor: McGee

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Off-campus Access to Library Resources

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After you make a one-time change in your web browser settings, the proxy server will ask you to log in with a CalNet ID or Library PIN when you click on the link to a licensed resource.

What is Peer Review?

Your instructor may want you to use "peer reviewed" articles as sources for your paper. Or you may be asked to find picture of thinking student"academic," "scholarly," or "refereed" articles. What do these terms mean?

Let's start with the terms academic and scholarly, which are synonyms. An academic or scholarly journal is one intended for a specialized or expert audience. Journals like this exist in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Examples include Nature, Journal of Sociology, and Journal of American Studies. Scholarly/academic journals exist to help scholars communicate their latest research and ideas to each other; they are written "by experts for experts."  Magazines like Time or Scientific American, newspapers, (most) books, government documents, and websites are not peer-reviewed, though they may be thoroughly edited and fact-checked.

Most scholarly/academic journals are peer reviewed; another synonym for peer reviewed is refereed. Before an article is published in a peer-reviewed journal, it's evaluated for quality and significance by several specialists in the same field, who are "peers" of the author. Many times this is a "blind review" where the reviewers do not know who the author is and vice-versa.  Reviewers make comments and edits of the article and send those back to author before publication.  The article may go through several revisions like this before it finally reaches publication.

How do you find peer-reviewed articles?  The easiest way to know if an article is peer-reviewed is to select the "peer-reviewed" (scholarly, refereed, etc) limit in an article database. 

How can you tell if an article is peer-reviewed? A couple clues will alert you:

  • Is the article written by an academic (professor, grad student, professional, etc)? 
  • Are there citations or other references to academic sources? 
  • Is the article from a journal with academics as editors or an editorial board made up of academics?
  • Does the journal say its peer-reviewed?

As you become more familiar with an academic discipline, you will learn the peer-reviewed journals in that field.    

Printing and Scanning in the Libraries


All UC Berkeley libraries have at least one scanning station. From the scanners you can:

  • save documents to a USB drive (Moffitt Copy Center sells USB drives)
  • upload documents to a cloud service (Google Drive, Box, OneDrive or DropBox)
  • email documents to bMail, Gmail, Yahoo! Mail or Microsoft Live accounts such as and Hotmail
  • send documents to library printers 

All of the scanning services are free, except for printing scanned documents (see below)

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  • Printing in the libraries costs 8 cents per page for black & white, or 60 cents per page for color.
    • UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff pay with their Cal 1 Card.
    • Visitors can request a Cal 1 Guest Card from a library public service desk, or the Copy Center in Moffitt Library.
  • You can print from your laptop or portable device. See the Wi-Fi Printing at the Library guide.

Complete Print/Scan information is available on the library website.

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