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Peer Reviewed

This week's tip, "How do I get Peer Reviewed, Refereed, or Scholarly articles?”not only clarifies the definition of these types of journal articles but also gives you information on how to retrieve these articles from our databases.

What does it mean when your professor tells you to use only scholarly or academic journal articles for your research? Sometimes they tell you the articles must be peer reviewed or refereed. What is a scholarly journal? Scholarly journals feature original research or analysis written by experts in academic or professional fields. Journals are excellent for finding out what has been studied or researched on a topic. They are also excellent sources for finding bibliographies that point to other relevant sources of information.

What is a peer reviewed article? Peer reviewed articles have been read and evaluated (refereed) by scholars/experts in that field to make sure that published articles reflect solid scholarship and advance the state of knowledge in a discipline.

Are all scholarly journals peer reviewed?  
Peer-reviewed and scholarly journals are related but not identical. Not all scholarly journals go through the peer-review process. However, one can assume that a peer-reviewed journal is scholarly.

This tip can help clear up the confusion and help you locate scholarly and peer reviewed journal articles you may need for your research.

To access the FAQ search box click the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) link to the left of the Spotlight section on the Library homepage:

FAQ search box link

ype in the term peer reviewed in the FAQ search box: box:

FAQ search box

From the list of results retrieved, select: How do I search for Peer Reviewed Articles? which explains how to limit your search to "peer reviewed" or "scholarly" articles within the databases.

If you have already done a search or you are unsure if the journals you are using are scholarly or peer reviewed read the following research guides:

How can I tell if a particular journal is "Peer Reviewed"? I have the title of the journal. and How can I tell if a particular journal is "Scholarly" or "Academic"? I have the title of the journal.