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Medicine: Writing and Citing

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Peer Review and Impact Factor

Determining Peer Review

Find out if a publication is peer reviewed by looking for it in this database. If the publication has a referee jersey next to it, it is peer reviewed.

Citation Data

Citation data is a numerical tool for evaluation of individual articles.  In general, the more an article is cited in the reference lists of other articles, the more impact the article has had on the scientific community.  

Journal Citation Reports (ISI) Description of this database.

Evaluating Sources


Primary resources --peer reviewed articles written by authors who actually performed an original experiment or are reporting their field observations, i.e., of organisms or medical patients.

Secondary resources --peer reviewed articles written by authors who summarize or discuss trends in the primary literature.  In the life sciences, these are called "review" articles or "reviews."

Tertiary resources --non-peer reviewed articles, books, newspaper articles, encyclopedia entries, etc.. 

Peer review--process by which articles are submitted to experts in the scientific discipline for comments and criticism before publication in a scholarly journal. Peer reviewed journals are also called "refereed."

Primary, Secondary, & Tertiary Sources Guide


RefWorks is a web-based bibliographic management service that allows you to build bibliographies and manage citations. 

How to Set Up a RefWorks Account

How to Upload a PDF in RefWorks


EndNote (desktop version)

EndNote X9 is a bibliographic management software package available for download through BYU's Office of Information Technology. To download, go to OIT Software Distribution and click on 'Clarivate EndNote X9' link. Click on 'Download Now' and follow the installation instructions.

EndNote Information

EndNote Training


EndNote (online version)

EndNote Online is the web-accessible version of the desktop EndNote program.  You can use it on its own or in coordination with the desktop version. 

EndNote Online Information

EndNote Training


Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research.

Mendeley Information