Q. Where and how do I find peer-reviewed journals, because the ones I have seen are extremely hard to understand and I have no idea what they are saying?

Answer

A peer-reviewed journal is:

  • A publication that publishes scholarly research in a specific discipline.
  • The articles are written by experts in the field.
  • The articles are then reviewed by other experts in the field before they can be published in the journal. (This is where the term peer-reviewed comes from). 

It is true that peer-reviewed journal articles are more advanced reading material in the subject.

  • They generally discuss specific research or describe an experiment.
  • They are not general overviews of a topic.
  • You may to want to watch this video of How to Read a Scholarly Article.

Here's where to find peer-reviewed articles:

  1. Start at the Online Resources page.
  2. Select the category that best suits your research. For example, Health Sciences.
  3. Once you have selected a category, you will see a list of databases. 
  4. Select a database such as: Academic OneFile OmniFile Full Text Select, or ProQuest.
  5. Look for a box to check that will limit your results to "peer-reviewed."

If you are having trouble finding peer-reviewed articles on your topic, contact your Campus Library/ARC. 

  • Last Updated Mar 15, 2018
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