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What is a peer-reviewed article?
A peer-reviewed, or refereed, article is one that has been critiqued by scholars in the field who consider it worthy of publication. This evaluation process ensures quality control.
Common characteristics of most peer-reviewed articles include:
- evaluation by the journal's editor, editorial board, or advisory panel of scholars
- formal appearance
- graphs, tables, and/or diagrams
- abstract that summarizes the research discussed in the article
- specialized language or discipline-specific jargon
- narrow or subject-specific focus
- original research, experimentation, and/or in-depth study
- little or no advertising
How do I find peer-reviewed articles?
To find peer-reviewed articles:
- Search article databases to which the library subscribes. When searching EbscoHost or ProQuest, apply a "scholarly" and/or "peer-reviewed" filter to your search results. When searching JSTOR or the American Chemical Society Journals Database, nearly all of your search results should be peer-reviewed.
- Search free scholarly article databases such as Google Scholar and PubMed and use the previously discussed characteristics to assess whether their articles are peer-reviewed.
- Search individual journals to which the library subscribes and use the previously discussed characteristics to assess whether their articles are peer-reviewed.
- Ask a librarian for assistance.
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