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.
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