Research Guides

Ecosystem Science & Policy

Hello and welcome to the Ecosystem Science & Policy Research Guide! You will find information on how to get started with your research along with available resources at the University of Miami Libraries and beyond. Click on the different tabs at the top of the guide to learn more on each topic. This guide is not exhaustive and if you find resources you think would be a great addition or if you have questions please email me.
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Different Article Types
There are different article types found in the below databases and eJournal collections.
  • Peer-reviewed: Procedure where scholarly work is evaluated by experts of the same discipline against a set of criteria to ensure that it meets certain standards necessary for publication.
  • Preprint: A version of a scientific manuscript posted on a public server prior to peer review. 
  • Scholarly: Written by academics and other experts and contributes to knowledge in a particular subject by sharing new research findings, theories, analyses, insights, news, or summaries of current knowledge.
Spotlight Resources
SciELO   | 
E-print a bibliographic database, digital library, and cooperative electronic publishing model of open access journals. SciELO was created to meet the scientific communication needs of the Global South and provides an efficient way to increase visibility and access to scientific literature. 
UM Library Catalog
Resource not in the UM Catalog?
Bullock, A., Jennings, C., & Timbrell, N. (2019). Peer review. In A dictionary of publishing. Oxford University Press.

Libraries, U. of T. (2015, November 5). What counts as a scholarly source?

Preprints. (n.d.). PLOS. Retrieved August 9, 2022, from
UM Library Catalog
Resource not in the UM Catalog?
What is a dissertation or thesis?
Dissertation: A lengthy, formal written treatise or thesis, especially an account of scholarly investigation or original research on a specialized topic, submitted to a university in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Ph.D. degree (for most United States universities).​

Thesis: A proposition advanced and defended in a formal disputation, especially by a candidate in partial fulfillment of university requirements for a master's degree (for most United States universities).
Resource not in the UM Catalog?
Reitz, J. (2013, January 10). About ODLIS. In ODLIS About. Retrieved August 19, 2022, from
Government Resources
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