Articles: What is a Peer-reviewed article? How do I find one?

What is a peer-reviewed article?

A peer-reviewed article is one that has been reviewed and approved by one or more individuals who have expertise in the article's topic. This process is intended to ensure that only high quality, methodologically sound information is presented in the article.

How can I find a peer-reviewed article?

  1. Search It, an easy-to-use search tool on our homepage, allows you to filter your results by selecting "Peer-Reviewed Journals" at the top of your search results. This can help you find many peer-reviewed articles from many different databases on a wide array of topics.
  2. Many of our databases include information about peer-reviewed articles. Several of these databases group peer-reviewed articles in a tab. Some provide a box on their advanced search screen that can be used to limit to peer-reviewed articles. A large number, however, do not clearly designate an article as peer-reviewed. When in doubt, search the database Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory by the title of the journal. It's informational page about the journal will specify if it is peer-reviewed.

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Last updated: 08/22/2013