Answered By: Chris Pollette
Last Updated: Feb 20, 2015     Views: 40

If you're looking for peer-reviewed (also known as scholarly, academic, or refereed) journal articles, there are several clues for which you can keep an eye out.

One of the easiest ways to identify scholarly articles can be found in a database search. There are often visual indicators to let you know whether an article is from a non-scholarly source, such as a newsstand periodical, or an academic journal.

 

If the journal name is hyperlinked from the database listing, you can click the link to find out more details about the journal. You can also look up the journal title in Ulrich's Periodicals Directory. Keep in mind that occasionally you may find more than one journal with the same title. 

Once you're sure you've identified the correct journal on Ulrich's site, look for a black-and-white sports official shirt icon like the one to the left to let you know if the title is refereed.

You may visit the publisher's website for the journal to learn more about the title, including whether or not the publication is peer reviewed. But please note, a journal article may not necessarily have undergone peer review even though the journali itself is peer reviewed. Look for source information and references at the end of the article; they're a clue to whether or not the article is peer reviewed.

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

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