Answered By: Chris Pollette
Last Updated: Aug 04, 2015     Views: 173

Peer-reviewed articles, also known as scholarly or refereed articles, are reviewed by the scholar's peers to determine whether they are high-quality pieces of work. In addition, scholarly publications:

  • Are written by experts in the field
  • Are written for other researchers/scholars
  • Use terms and language that are discipline-specific
  • Usually include in-text citations and a bibliography of cited sources
  • May include graphs, charts, etc. related to the topic
  • Often are peer reviewed by an editorial board of experts
  • Are published by a professional organization or society, university, research center, or scholarly press

So how do you find peer-reviewed articles when doing academic work? Here are some strategies:

Limit your search to only peer-reviewed articles

Using one of the Databases @ Emory is an easy way to find scholarly journal articles for your research. Many of the databases are limited to scholarly publications, or allow you to limit your search to peer-reviewed articles.

You can also search discoverE for peer-reviewed articles. Using the Combined tab, you can search multiple databases at once. 


Learn more about the journal in which the article was published

If you have any questions about the authority of a journal, you may be able to find out details of its publication through the database itself. Some allow you to click on the journal title to learn more information. You could also try searching for more information on the journal using a regular search engine. Once you've found its website, you should be able to find out more about its editorial policies, which should tell you whether or not the journal uses a peer-review process in its publishing practices.

You can also search Ulrich's Periodicals Directory for the journal title; the Ulrich's site uses a black-and-white sports official shirt icon like the one to the left to let you know if the title is refereed.


Thanks go to the Portland State University Library for sharing their Library DIY idea with us!

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