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Last Updated: Sep 17, 2019     Views: 446

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.  

  1. Make sure you search by the journal title, not your article.
  2. Look for the peer review icon    in the list of journals OR
  3. Limit to Refereed / Peer-reviewed from the Narrow Results column.

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