Answered By: Michelle Gravelle
Last Updated: Jan 23, 2018     Views: 457

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.

Many 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").

You can also use our library search and limit your results under Availability choose 'Peer-Reviewed Journals' . This method isn't fool-proof though, you may need to leave the library website and confirm the editorial policies on the journal's website.

Please note that not all databases offer a peer-reviewed limit option. If you are using a database that does not offer this filter, you will have to use your best judgment and evaluate each article before you use it.

Here is a video by Seneca Libraries that explains how to tell the difference between a scholarly and popular article:

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