Q. How do I find peer-reviewed articles in the library databases? How would I recognize them?


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

To find a peer-reviewed article:

  • Start at the Online Resources.
  • Choose a subject area related to your topic--English for Composition classes, Health Sciences for those classes.
  • Choose a database, such as Gale Power Search
  • Click on Advanced Search
  • Look for a check box that says: Peer Reviewed Journals
  • This way you will know that the database is limiting to peer-reviewed articles.

Thank you for using ASK US. For more information contact your campus librarians.


  • Last Updated Oct 17, 2019
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