Answered By: Robert Sebek
Last Updated: Jan 12, 2015     Views: 190

Some databases allow you to limit searches to journals that are considered peer reviewed, also known as scholarly or refereed. The largest of these databases is EBSCOhost's Academic Search Complete (limit to Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals). Others include most of the other EBSCOhost databases and ProQuest databases. Summon allows limiting to either scholarly or peer reviewed articles.

ProQuest includes about 50 databases grouped into 4 broad areas: Arts and Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Technology. Select an area or a specific database and the Advanced Search mode. Search results will be displayed by type; e.g., Journals, Peer-Reviewed Journals, Conferences, Web Sites, Books, Reports, Dissertations, News, Other. Note that the display by type is only available in the Advanced Search and does not appear when running a Quick Search, which is the default search mode.

Many subject-specific databases also index peer-reviewed articles.

If you use a database that does not offer a way to limit results to peer reviewed articles, you can check if the journal in which the article was published is peer reviewed.

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