At it's core, a peer-reviewed journal is a periodical in which all of the articles are critically analyzed by experts in that discipline before being considered for publication. Other characteristics of a peer-reviewed journal (also referred to as Refereed, Scholarly, Academic) are that it contains original research by experts in a field, written for other experts or students, and cites previous research extensively.
Most of the library's databases have a check box to make it easy to search for only "peer-reviewed" articles. It will look something like this:
Still unsure? You can check to see if a journal uses peer review by searching Ulrichsweb.
- Make sure you search by the journal title, not your article.
- Look for the peer review icon in the list of journals OR
- Limit to Refereed / Peer-reviewed from the Narrow Results column.
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