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Q. Where can I find a peer-reviewed article?

My instructor said my sources have to come from scholarly journals.

Answered By: Beth Juhl
Last Updated: Nov 02, 2023     Views: 457

"Peer-reviewed," "scholarly," "academic," and "refereed" are often used interchangeably to describe journals that use some kind of rigorous reviewing process to verify the validity and originality of articles submitted for publication.

In many databases, you can limit your search to scholarly or peer-reviewed journals. This will omit articles from more popular magazines such as Time or People. But note that not all articles in a peer-reviewed journal are peer-reviewed. For example, editorials or book reviews are not generally peer-reviewed. 

Once you have input a search and have a list of articles, you may have the option to limit your results to show only popular, trade, or academic publications.

Example from OneSearch:
Limiting to peer-reviewed journal in OneSearch

Example from Ebsco:

Ebsco limit to scholarly / peer reviewed journals

Example from ProQuest:

ProQuest limit to peer reviewed journals

Need help distinguishing a peer-reviewed journal from a popular or trade publication? View our video tutorial or our tip sheet on peer-reviewed journals (see links below).

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