Q. Can you give me step by step instructions on how to locate a peer reviewed article?
Here are step-by-step instructions for finding a "peer-reviewed" article:
- First, go to the library's Online Resources page.
- Click on a subject area that best relates to your topic (Ex: "medical" or "business")
- Choose a database.
Note:Look for ones with ProQuest, Infotrac, EBSCO, or Elsevier in the name of the database--all of these databases (outside of the News/Current Events section) have an option to limit your search to scholarly articles.
- Log in with your library barcode number, if you are off-campus.
- Enter your search terms in the search box(es).
- Find the checkboxes labeled, "peer-reviewed", "scholarly", "academic" or "refereed". These will usually be located below the search box.
- Check the checkbox. (ScienceDirect (Elsevier) does not have a checkbox because all articles are peer reviewed.)
- Click the search button.
All the articles you find this way will be considered scholarly.
IMPORTANT: Stay away from Editorials, Letters to the Editor, Book Reviews and similar items. THESE ARE NOT CONSIDERED "PEER REVIEWED" parts of the journal.
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