Overview

Peer Review

You will likely be asked to find peer reviewed articles 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 with databases examples.

Confirming Peer Review article

Note: not every article published in a peer-reviewed journal is a peer-reviewed article.
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.

A new feature in the library catalog helps to identify peer review quickly with an indicator on the library search results page.

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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.

Peer-Reviewed Articles