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Food Science 8402 Library Problem Assignment: Journal Citation Reports

How To Use Journal Citation Reports

Go to the Journal Citation Reports at

1. Click on Select Categories to be able to sort journals by disciplines to find the journals relevant to your field, then find your field in the list and choose to view by impact factor.















3. You will see a list of journals in your field ranked highest to lowest by impact factor. Theoretically, the most important and influential journals in your field will be at the top of the list.














4. To see if the library owns this journal in print or online, copy the journal's ISSN. The ISSN is a number that is unique to a journal. Think of it like a journal barcode, with the numbers in the ISSN only matching up to that one journal.










5. Go to the library's homepage at and click on "looking for?... a specific journal."


















6. Change the Find journals dropdown to "ISSN equals" and paste in the journal's ISSN you copied, then click Find it @MU:









7. If the library has access to this journal, you will see a list. Anything that says "MERLIN" or "Depository" is a print/paper copy of the journal. Anything else means that the library has this journal online. Click to view the journal.