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How to Identify Scholarly Journal Articles

...and where to find them.

What is Peer-Reviewed?

Peer-reviewed journals publish articles that have been reviewed by experts in the field.  

These highly respected experts (peers, referees, reviewers) read  the submitted article and decide if it is acceptable for publication.  If the article is acceptable, peer-reviewers may suggest changes or corrections.

Peer-reviewed articles are also known as refereed articles.  Both scholarly and professional journals may be peer-reviewed.  But not all of them will be.


Image of limiters found in some of the library's databases.  Shows a box that you can select to limit to peer-reviewed.Most (but not all) databases will have a peer-reviewed limiter. 

You'll find the peer-reviewed limit box (see image to right) under the Advanced Search option.

Peer-Reviewed limit not available? 

Check The Serials Directory to determine if  the article's journal is peer-reviewed.