How do I know if an article is peer-reviewed?
To find a scholarly/peer-reviewed article, start at the Online Resources - Subject List and choose a subject area closely related to your topic. (English works for Composition classes, Medical for health sciences classes, etc.)
Choose a database, such as Academic One File - click on Advanced, and look for a check box that says:
- Peer-reviewed Journals
This way you will know that the database is limiting to peer-reviewed articles.
To recognize a peer-reviewed article, look for these characteristics:
- Long article with structured sections
- Contains an abstract
- Contains in-text citations
- Has a Bibliography or References page
- Contains statistical data, graphs and/or charts
- Shows author credentials
- Few images or photographs, except when relevant to the study
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