Answered By: Corrie Bott
Last Updated: Jun 23, 2015     Views: 12

One of the easiest ways is to refine your search in our catalog and our databases to "peer-reviewed" only. You can do this on the left-side of most search tools, and this will ensure you are only returning results that fit this criteria.

Sometimes it not always so easy, however. Here are a few guidelines to make sure the article you are looking at is peer-reviewed or scholarly.

  • The author is an expert (scholar, professor, researcher etc) in the field covered. Author is always named.
  • There are usually notes or bibliographic references included in the article
  • It is written for other scholars and includes technical language
  • The journal where the article comes from is usually relatively plain and does not include advertisements
  • The journal where the article comes from is usually published monthly or quarterly

You might find it helpful to review our "Evaluating Information" resources page for more details.

And when in doubt, feel free to ask a librarian if the article you are looking at is peer-reviewed. We're happy to look it over for you!


 

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