Q. What is peer-reviewed information?
Peer-reviewed articles have at least two out of three basic characteristics:
1) Peer-reviewed articles cite their sources.
2) Peer-reviewed articles are long. (There is no set length for how long a peer-reviewed article has to be, but scholarly articles are usually more than five pages long.)
3) The article has clearly marked sections, like Introduction, Methods, etc.
A complaint often heard about the databases is:
- I put in my search terms, checked the boxes for full-text and peer-reviewed articles, then selected my article from the list and my instructor said it is not peer-reviewed.
- This is because not all of those articles in the results are peer-reviewed.
- When you check the peer-reviewed limiter, you are asking the database to retrieve articles found in peer-reviewed journals.
- The catch is that peer-reviewed journals often (usually) contain news stories, opinion articles, book reviews, etc.
- In other words, not all the articles in a peer-reviewed journal are peer-reviewed.
See the Finding Peer Reviewed Information page and feel free to ask any questions you may have finding peer-reviewed articles for your writing assignments.
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