Q. How do I identify peer-reviewed articles?


Identifying scholarly materials can be tricky, but peer-reviewed articles will have at least two out of three basic characteristics:  

  • Peer-reviewed articles cite their sources (so there is a bibliography at the end of the article).
  • Peer-reviewed articles are long.  (There is no set length for a peer-reviewed article, but scholarly articles are usually more than five pages long.)
  • The article has clearly marked sections, like Introduction, Methods, etc.

Keep this in mind - when you check the peer-reviewed box in a database:

  • The database retrieves articles found in peer-reviewed journals. 
  • The catch is that peer-reviewed journals often contain news stories, opinion articles, book reviews, etc. 
  • In other words, not all the articles in a peer-reviewed journal are peer-reviewed.

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  • Last Updated Sep 05, 2019
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  • Answered By Patrick Mullane

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