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CSED 4211: Readings in Child Development

Is This Journal Peer Reviewed?

To determine if a journal is peer reviewed, go to the Libraries webpage (from click on Libraries.  On the next page, click on Databases (under Search UM Libraries) and type Serials Directory (see example below).  Type in your journal title and select it from the return list if there is more than one similar title.  Scroll down the page.  Near the bottom, you will see Peer Reviewed:  Yes.  If that topic does not appear, then the journal is not peer reviewed.

Title:      American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology 
Status:  Active
Subjects:            Forensic Medicine, Medical Jurisprudence; Pathology 


The journal features original original articles on new examination and documentation procedures,

as well as provocative discussions of the forensic pathologist's expanding role-in human

rights protection, suicide and drug abuse prevention, occupational and environmental

health, and other key areas.   

Abbreviated Title:               Am. j. forensic med. pathol. 
Publication Date:                   Vol. 1 (Mar. 1980)-
ISSN:             0195-7910
Publication Type:          Periodical
Language:   English
Issues Per Year:      
Frequency:        Quarterly-4 per year (1 each 3 months or season).
Price:     US 879.00   

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2 Commerce Sq., Philadelphia, PA, 19103

Phone:  800/638-3030 301/223-2300. Fax: 301/223-2400  
Email:    ORDERS@LWW.COM   
Publisher URL:  
Subscription Details:     


HAGERSTOWN, MD, 21740. Phone: 800/638-3030 301/223-2470. Fax:

301/223-2470. Email: AGENTS@LWW.COM

Editors: Vincent J.M. Di Maio

Biological Abstract; Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature; Current Contents; Clinical Medicine; Medline; SciSearch  

LC Classification:        RA1001

Dewey Classification:

Universal Decimal Classification:             61
CONSER:               005664235
Peer Reviewed:          Yes
Copyright Clearance Center Registered:    Yes
Accession Number:   043561315


Evaluating Web Sites

Evaluation of Web documents: How to interpret the basics:
Accuracy of Web Documents
Who wrote the page and can you contact him or her?
What is the purpose of the document and why was it produced?
Is this person qualified to write this document?
Make sure author provides e-mail or contact address/phone number.
Know the distinction between author and webmaster.
Authority of Web Documents
Who wrote the page and can you contact him or her?
What is the purpose of the document and why was it produced
Is this person qualified to write this document?
What credentials are listed for the authors?
Where is the document published?
Check the URL domain.
Objectivity of Web Documents
What goals/objectives does this page meet?
How detailed is the information?
What opinions (if any) are expressed by the author?
Determine if page is a mask for advertising; if so information might be biased. 
View any Web page as you would an infomercial on television. Ask yourself why it was written and for whom.
Currency of Web Documents 
When was it produced? When was it updated?
How up-to-date are the links (if any)?
How many dead links are on the page? 
Are the links current or updated regularly?
Coverage of the Web Documents 
Are the links (if any) evaluated and do they complement the document's theme?

If page requires special software to view the information, how much are you missing if you don't have the software?

Is it free, or is there a fee to obtain the information?

Is there an option for text only, or frames, or a suggested browser for better viewing?

Putting it all together:

Accuracy: If your page lists the author and institution that published the page and provides a way of contacting him/her and . . . .

Authority: If your page lists the author credentials and its domain is preferred (.edu, .gov, .org, or .net) . . . .

Objectivity: If your page provides accurate information with limited advertising and it is objective in presenting the information, and . . . .

Currency: If your page is current and updated regularly (as stated on the page) and the links (if any) are also up-to-date, and. . . .

Coverage: If you can view the information properly--not limited to fees, browser technology, or software requirement, then . . . .

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