|Finding Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles|
What is a Peer-Reviewed Journal?
Most scholarly journals are peer-reviewed (or refereed) publications, which means articles in them must be evaluated and approved by a panel of experts before they can be published. Unlike articles in popular magazines or newspapers, which are mainly written by reporters for a general audience, articles in peer-reviewed journals are written by scholars or researchers for specialists or students in particular fields of study. Peer-reviewed journal articles are usually more in-depth in their coverage of a topic and cite sources used (footnotes, references lists, etc.). These articles have higher quality academic information than articles from magazines, newspapers, or information found on ordinary Web pages. Examples of peer-reviewed journals include:
Finding Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals
Many indexes and article databases allow you to limit your search to articles appearing in peer-reviewed journals only. Two general databases that have peer-reviewed limits are:
Most subject-specific library databases include many articles from peer-reviewed journals and other academic or specialized publications. To find a subject-specific library database, consult the Subject List of Electronic Indexes and Databases. Ask a reference librarian for assistance in finding peer-reviewed journal articles in different databases.
If you want to know if a particular publication is a peer-reviewed journal (sometimes called "Refereed"), you can check UlrichsWeb online, under "Basic Description" for each journal. Or, ask a reference librarian.
Last Updated: 9 November 2006