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Peer-Reviewed and Scholarly Publications

Professors may ask you to find Peer-Reviewed, scholarly articles or academic journals from library databases. This library guide provides resources to identify peer-reviewed and scholarly articles and journals.

So, what is "peer review"? This refers to the process where authors who are doing research submit a paper they have written to a journal. The journal editor then sends the article to the author's peers (researchers and scholars) who are in the same discipline for review. The reviewers determine if the article should be published based on the quality of the research, including the validity of the data, the conclusions the authors' draw and the originality of the research. This process is important because it validates the research and gives it a sort of "seal of approval" from others in the research community.

Using the Database to identify a peer reviewed journal

Another place to find out if the journal is peer-reviewed is to use one of the online databases, ProQuest or Ebsco.

For example, if you know that articles from your journal appear in the Academic Search Premier database, you can search for the journal in the database and learn more about it.

Go to Academic Search Premier and click on Publications at the top of the screen.

 

Enter the name of the journal and click browse. If the journal is included in the database, you will see it in the list of results.

This will take you to the journal information. At the bottom, you can see that this journal is peer-reviewed.