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How do I find peer reviewed journal articles?

Last Updated: Mar 27, 2013  |  432 Views

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A publication is considered to be scholarly if it is authored by academics for a target audience that is mainly academic, the printed format isn't usually a glossy magazine, and it is published by a recognized society with academic goals and missions. A publication is considered to be peer-reviewed or refereed if its articles go through an official editorial process that involves review and approval by the author's peers (experts in the same subject area.) Most (but not all) scholarly publications are peer-reviewed. Some databases, like EBSCOhost and Summon, allow searching to be limited to this type of publication.

If you already have an article citation, or your database does not allow limiting to peer-reviewed articles, you can lookup if the journal where the article appeared is peer-reviewed/scholarly.

Use the UlrichsWeb database and search using the journal title (not the article title) from your citation. Look for the Document Type and Refereed fields to determine if the journal in question is peer-reviewed.

You can also connect to UlrichsWeb directly from Addison or the Journal Title Database. Find the journal in question and look for the UlrichsWeb link in the External Links box or next to the title link.

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