Strategies For Finding Reputable References

The purpose of the peer-review system is to ensure a certain level of quality and to reject work that fails to rise to that level. Although far from perfect, the system means that someone with some qualifications in the field has agreed that the work is suitable for publication. Such works are generally of greater value than similar works that were not submitted to this process, although glaring exceptions arise.


  1. As members of the Claremont consortium, you have free access to the archives of Scientific American and Physics Today. However, you must access these resources starting from the libraries website, so that the proxies are properly configured to grant you the necessary permissions. Start your search at , authenticate if necessary, and then click the Electronic Journals link to get to the appropriate journal.
  2. Starting from , click on the Databases link and then select one of the appropriate categories: Chemistry, Engineering, Physics/Astronomy, or Science (General) links to search for papers relevant to your topic.
  3. Use Google Scholar to search for publications on your topic.
  4. Once you find a helpful paper or book, it will almost certainly cite further references that will be helpful.