Answered By: Woodruff Library Reference
Last Updated: Jul 27, 2020     Views: 15682

Peer-reviewed articles, also known as scholarly or refereed articles, are:

  • Are written by experts in the field
  • Are written for other researchers/scholars
  • Are reviewed by the scholar's peers to determine whether they are high-quality pieces of work
  • 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
  • Are published by a professional organization or society, university, research center, or scholarly press

Strategies for finding peer-reviewed articles

  1. Use a library database and limit your search to only peer-reviewed articles. Many of the databases are limited to scholarly publications OR allow you to limit your search to peer-reviewed articles.
  2. Search discoverE's combined search tab -- for peer-reviewed articles. Using the Combined tab, you can search multiple databases at once. 

Learn if a journal is peer-reviewed

  1. Some databases allow you to click on the journal title to get more information about it. 
  2. Or check the journal's website to see whether or not the journal uses a peer-review process in its publishing practices.

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

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