Determining the Discipline of a Journal in Ulrichsweb

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When the database you are searching does not make it easy to find information about the journals it indexes, Urichsweb is your source for determining a journal's disciplinary focus.  

Ulrichsweb is a huge directory of Periodicals from around the world.  Part of the information Ulrichsweb collects about each periodical is its disciplinary and subject focuses.  

The frame at right should be opened to Ulrichsweb.  If you are off campus, you may have to log in with your ASUrite ID and password.  Make sure you are at the Ulrichsweb start page; it should look like this:

 

For our sample search, let's use the journal Antipode.  It is impossible to determine what the discipline is just from the title Antipode, unlike many other journal titles.  Enter Antipode into the search box and click on the search button, to the right.

You should retrieve a list of about six (as of Nov. 1, 2016) titles:

Link to the first title in the list.  

At this page what we are mostly interested in are the categories at the left, "Description" and "Subject Classifications."  

The first thing that attracts our attention is the primary Subject Classification for the journal is Geography.  This is its primary disciplinary focus.  All articles in Antipode look at the world through the lens of Geography.  

Next, take a close look at the Description.

"Aims to challenge dominant and orthodox views of the world through debate, scholarship and politically-committed research, creating new spaces and envisioning new futures." 

This also gives you clues to Antipode's political stance.  The highlighted text tells us the journal does not focus on traditional Geography ("challenge dominant and orthodox views...) and has a political agenda.  

 

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