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Find a Journal Impact Factor

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Journal Impact Factor is one metric provided by Web of Science's Journal Citation Reports.

In order to find a journal's impact factor, you'll first need to log in to Web of Science.

Go to the library's homepage to log in.

If you're off-campus, first click on "Connect from Off-Campus."

Then, click on Research Databases and "W" to jump down the list by title.

Once you're in Web of Science, look for the tabs at the top of the screen and click on "Journal Citation Reports."

You're now in Journal Citation Reports. You can enter a specific journal title into the search bar, or you can browse by journal title or category.

Let's do a search for the journal "Exceptional Children."

The impact factor appears on the left and below it you can see how the journal impact factor was calculated.

You can see that current journal impact factors are created from previous years' data.

Journal impact factor for a given year is calculated by looking at the total number of citations in a given year to articles published in the previous two years. That number of citations is then divided by the total number of articles a journal has produced over that two year period. This provides an average of how many times an article published in a given journal has been cited.

In this example, you can see that articles published in Exceptional Children in 2016 and 2017 were cited a total of 137 times in 2018. This number is then divided by the total number of articles published in Exceptional Children over the two year span - 48. So, 137 citations divided by 48 articles published equates to a journal impact factor of 2.854.

If you scroll further down the page, you will also see two variants on the Journal Impact Factor.

The first attempts to account for self-citation by elminating self-citations from the equation, and the second provides a longer lookback period which gives an article more time to garner recognition and build a citation count.

These are the basics of finding a journal's impact factor. If you have other questions, just ask your librarian at the UVM Libraries.

Registering for Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery

This short video describes how to sign-up for Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery at the UVM Howe and Special Collections Libraries.

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You can request books, articles, or other materials not owned by the UVM Libraries through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

You can also request scanned versions of book chapters or articles we own in print through the Document Delivery (DD) service.

Both interlibrary loan and document delivery are completely free to UVM students, staff, and faculty. If this is your first time using one of these services, you'll need to start by creating an account.

Click on the green "ILL/DD" button to register for an account.

You'll be prompted for your NetID and password. Enter them to log in.

The registration page will ask you for your name, contact information, status, and department. "Status" simply means undergraduate, graduate, staff, or faculty. "Department," if you are an undergraduate, is your major. You can choose "Other - unlisted" if you are undeclared.

When complete, click "Submit."

You should now see the screen to make requests. To make a new interlibrary loan request, choose a format in the upper left corner of the screen, or choose document delivery if you are requesting a scanned version of a chapter or article we own. Pending requests will show up in your in your "requested," "received," and "delivered" boxes.

That's it! You can now make interlibrary loan or document delivery requests through the UVM Libraries.

Requesting items owned in print through Document Delivery

Request scanned versions of articles or book chapters the Libraries own in print.


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If the Libraries own a print copy of a book or journal, and you need an electronic version of either a chapter from a book or an individual article, library staff will scan the chapter or article and email it to you.

Because of copyright, we cannot scan entire books or journal issues. This scanning service is called "document delivery" and is free to UVM students, staff, and faculty.

To get started, simply click on the green "ILL/DD" button on the Howe Library homepage.

You may see a NetID/password login box. If you do, enter your NetID and password.

If you have not previously registered for interlibrary loan or document delivery, you will next see a page to create a registration for both services. If you have registered previously, you will simply be taken straight to the request page.

From the request page, click on "Document Delivery" in the upper left-hand menu and fill out the appropriate fields for your request.

That's it! You can view the requests you've made back in the request screen.

If you have any questions, you can always ask a librarian by going to the library homepage, clicking on the Help menu at the top, and then "Ask a Librarian."

See what you have checked out from the library

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If you want to know what items you have checked out from the library, you can see your library account online.

To see your account, select “Renew Library Materials” from the Services menu.

If you are a UVM student, faculty member or staff member, please click the first link to sign-in with your UVM NetID.

If you do not have a NetID, use the second link to log-in with your last name and library barcode.

Once you are logged in to CATQuest, select “Loans” to display a list of all of the items you currently have checked out.

Click on Renew to renew any item. You can also use the menu to see items you have requested, any fees and more.

Please contact the library with any questions.

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