Answered By: William Fanshel Last Updated: Jan 21, 2015 Views: 916
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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