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Peer-Reviewed & Scholarly Publications

This guide provides resources to find and identify peer-reviewed and scholarly journal articles.

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Getting Started

Most college-level classes require the use of scholarly publications as sources for research papers, presentations, and other class projects. This guide will help you understand:

  1. What are scholarly publications?
  2. What is peer review?
  3. How to find peer-reviewed and scholarly publications in library databases (and other places)
  4. Tips for reading and using scholarly sources

Why should you use peer-reviewed sources?

Peer-reviewed articles have been checked and approved by multiple people with expertise on the subject. 

Think of peer-review as the academic equivalent of “4 of 5 dentists recommend this product” or an email that has been checked for typos and accurate information before being sent.

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