Answered By: Michelle Gravelle
Last Updated: May 09, 2018     Views: 533

A scholarly or peer-reviewed article is an article that has been subjected to the analysis and scrutiny of qualified professionals before publication. Because of this review process, these articles are often preferred as references in academic research papers.

Where do I start looking?

You have a couple of options for finding peer-reviewed articles:

Most databases will give you the option to limit your search to peer-reviewed and scholarly articles. Look for check boxes with this option within each database (you may need to go into the "Advanced Search").

Our library search will also let you limit your results to peer-reviewed articles in addition to other options. Perform a search, and on your results page take a look at the left menu. Under the Availability heading select 'Peer-Reviewed Journals'. 

When is a peer-reviewed article not a peer-reviewed article?

Peer-reviewed journals may have editorial or opinion pieces. You can often identify them by their use of first person (I, my, etc.). Even if these are marked as 'peer-reviewed', they really aren't, so it's best to avoid them. 

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