Peer Review

You will be asked to find peer reviewed articles or resources in some of your assignments. Depending on the database or resource you use, this may be easy or a little more complicated. Below are some tips to help you.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Finding Peer-Reviewed Articles in CINAHL

How Can I Find Peer-reviewed Articles?

Many library databases have a peer-review or scholarly filter you can select to limit your searches. This filter is on the advanced search screen.

Confirming Peer Review article

Note: not every article published in a peer-reviewed journal is a peer-reviewed article. You may find book reviews, editorials and other shorter works that are often not considered peer-reviewed.
How Can I Tell if an Article is Peer-reviewed?
Look at the article and check for the following:
   --is the article published in a journal affiliated with a university or professional scholarly society or association?

   --is the topic discussed in-depth with a narrow focus?
   --is the author reporting on his/her original research?
   --is the author an expert in the field? Look for credentials and an affiliation with a research institute or university.


What if I have an article that didn't come from a database search, like Google, or from a list of references? How can I find out if it's peer-reviewed?
Use Ulrich's Web database to see if the journal is peer-reviewed. Enter the journal name into the search box. Look for the referee symbol to the left of the journal title. This indicates that the journal is "refereed" or peer-reviewed.