How do I find peer-reviewed articles?
Thank you for the question about finding peer-reviewed articles.
The three big databases - Academic OneFile (InfoTrac), OmniFile Full Text Select (EBSCO), and ProQuest - Search All - all contain a plethora of scholarly/peer-reviewed materials. What it comes down to is the subject you are researching.
When you check the peer-reviewed limiter in one of the Library's online databases, you are asking the database to retrieve articles found in peer-reviewed journals. The catch is that peer-reviewed journals often contain news stories, opinion articles, book reviews, etc. In other words, not all articles in a peer-reviewed journal are peer-reviewed. News stories, opinion articles, and book reviews do not meet the criteria (see below), so these items would not be considered peer-reviewed:
- The articles cite their sources.
- The articles are a good length (a peer-reviewed article is going to be at least 5 pages).
- The articles have clearly marked sections (e.g. Introduction, Methods, etc.).
If you are not able to locate articles on your subject, do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to suggest keywords/topics and databases for you to try.
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