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Scholarly or peer reviewed articles

A peer reviewed article is one that has been reviewed by other experts or scholars in the field who judge the article for quality and new contributions to the discipline. Peer reviewed articles may also be called scholarly or refereed. The best place to start your search is in a library database.

Strategy #1: Limit your search to only peer reviewed articles

  • peer reviewed checkboxLook for a checkbox, either on the search screen or the results page that limits the search to scholarly, peer reviewed articles only.
  • Search in a database that only contains scholarly or peer reviewed articles.

Strategy #2: Find out more about the journal your article was published in

  • If you are in a database, check to see whether you can click on the journal title for more information about the journal.
  • Search Google with the title of the journal to look for an editorial policy page or a page for authors to find out if the journal uses a peer review process.