Database of the Month: Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory

Can’t tell what type of publication an article is from?

Want to verify if an article is from a peer reviewed journal?

Looking for publications in a certain subject area for publishing opportunities?

Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory can help!

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Ulrichsweb provides information on more than 300,000 journals, magazines, newspapers, and more from a wide range of subject areas. Simply enter the title of the periodical or the ISSN to start learning more. You can also search by keyword.

Ulrichsweb Search Box

Each record provides helpful information including:

  • Serial Type (Journal, Magazine, Newspaper, etc.)
  • Content Type (Academic/Scholarly, Trade, etc.)
  • Publisher information (including links to the publication’s website)
  • A brief description of the periodical and subjects it covers
  • Locations where articles in the publication are indexed/abstracted
Screenshot of Comparative Politics entry in Ulrichsweb

If an Academic/Scholarly journal is refereed that means it is peer reviewed!

Screenshot of Refereed Icon in Ulrichsweb

Start exploring Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory by accessing the database from our Databases A-Z page.

Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction to a useful website or Library database, highlighting key features you should know about. If you would like more information about this resource (or any of the library’s databases), please contact us for research assistance. If you would like a demonstration of this resource for a class, please schedule a research instruction class using the instruction request form.

Database of the Month: Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory


Whether you want to find out if a source is authoritative or want to find places to publish a piece of writing or an article, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory is a great place to start. Ulrichsweb includes detailed information on more than 300,000 serials of all types: academic & scholarly journals, e-journals, peer- reviewed titles, popular magazines, newspapers, newsletters and more. Each Ulrich’s record provides data points such as: ISSN, publisher, ordering details, subscription price, language, subject, abstracting & indexing coverage, full-text database coverage, tables of contents and reviews written by librarians.

Just type in a specific title (Advances in Accounting) or ISBN number (0882-6110) to bring up the relevant record.


Please note that the Content Type: “Academic / Scholarly”  just means that the title is published or sponsored by a college, university or a traditional academic publisher. The key to authoritative sources is to look for the Refereed Symbol (See below image)Ulrichcodes

Another Key Feature to note when looking at the authority of a source is to see whether or not a source is included in Journal Citation Reports (JCR). In an Ulrichsweb record, the JCR information will be noted under the “Additional Title Details”. Please see earlier JCR blog post about Impact Factor for more information about JCR.

Advanced Search allows you to search for groups of titles by the critieria you want in over 950 subject groupings.

A results list can be narrowed down using the facets searching on the left or sorting the different columns by clicking on the headings


Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory is available through the Bentley Library’s Databases A to Z listing. For further assistance using Ulrichsweb, please contact the Reference Desk.


Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction to an important research database, highlighting key features of the database that you should know about. If you would like more information about this database (or any of the library’s databases) please Ask a Librarian. If you would like a demonstration of this database for a class, please contact our Coordinator of User Education, Elizabeth Galoozis.