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Library DIY: Scholarly or Peer-Reviewed Articles

Find how to locate a book, eBook, and articles, evaluate and cite sources, and access library services.

I Do Not Know If This Article is Scholarly Or Peer-Reviewed

Peer-reviewed publications (sometimes referred to as scholarly, academic, or refereed) have gone through a review process by experts in the field before being published. These strategies can help you determine if an article is peer-reviewed.   

 

1. Look up the journal name to see if it is peer reviewed:


2. There may be some indicators within library databases. Most publications in "Academic Journals" have been peer reviewed. 

Note, however, that editorials, news items, and book reviews do not necessarily go through the same review process. A peer-reviewed article will be longer than just a couple of pages and have a bibliography.

 

3. In many library databases, the journal title may be linked, as shown below. Clicking on it takes you to a page that may indicate whether the journal is scholarly, academic, peer-reviewed, or refereed.

 

4. The publisher's website for the journal should also indicate whether articles go through a peer review process. Find a page like "For Authors" to locate this information.

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