This Research Guide brings together resources of interest to REU and Carver students with environmental, agricultural and biological topics. If you are looking for a specific resource type, choose the appropriate tab to the side. If you are unsure where to go, try one of the more specific Research Guides and subject pages, or get in touch with one of us. Email us for more assistance, or set up a consultation with the Engineering Librarian or the Agriculture Librarian
Most peer-reviewed materials are articles in journals, essays in certain publications, or conference proceedings in some cases.
Peer review is the process by which articles or other works are critiqued before they are published. Authors send articles to an editor, who decides whether the work should be forwarded to reviewers for the journal. The most stringent form is anonymous or blind review, where neither the author nor the reviewers know whose work is being examined by whom. This helps reduce bias.
Reviewers are usually well-published researchers and experts. The reviewers return the articles to the editor with remarks and recommendations-- usually publish as is (rare), publish if edited or changed in specific ways, or don't publish. Editors most often go with the recommendation of the majority of the reviewers.
The process is intended to improve the content of studies published-- more eyes on a project, and one's reputation on the line with peers, tends to improve the quality of what's submitted and published. There are cases where it hasn't worked, and critics of the cycle, but it is the best system that has been developed to this point.
Parts of several pages in this guide were drawn or based on guide pages from the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Guide that Patricia Kirkwood and I originated and which she had updated when I started pulling this guide together. Thanks, Patricia!