Answered By: William Fanshel
Last Updated: Jan 21, 2015     Views: 962

A peer-reviewed article is one that has gone through a standard review process by other scholars in a particular field to ensure the reliability of the material being presented.  Articles in popular magazines have not undergone this process.  Peer-reviewed articles can be found in journals published by academic institutions or professional organizations.  They generally feature an abstract at the beginning and a large number of bibliographic references at the end.

You may find peer-reviewed journal articles in many of our Library databases.  Try to find a relevant database in your subject.  Some databases contain only peer-reviewed journal articles.  Others contain both peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed articles.  If a database contains both, there will be a box to check off on the search page that will allow you to limit to peer-reviewed articles only. (See right).


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See also "What is a Scholarly Journal"