Answered By: Sarah J. Hammill
Last Updated: Aug 29, 2014     Views: 979

Most of the library's research databases include articles from scholarly, peer-reviewed journals.

Learning to identify scholarly (often known as "peer-reviewed") and non-scholarly sources of information is an important skill to cultivate.  Many databases provide help with making this distinction; they will offer options when searching to identify peer-reviewed content.

Additionally, Ulrich's Directory of Publications is a database that can be searched to verify the publication type (scholarly, refereed, magazine, etc).

Each database interface will look a little different, but may include a way to limit your searches to peer reviewed articles. One example is pictured below... just make sure to look for a "peer review" limiter either before or after your search:
















Here are the steps for finding Peer Reviewed articles in the library databases:

  1. Go to the Library homepage and click the "off-campus access" button.
  2. Enter your username & password to access the databases when you're not on campus.
  3. Now from the library homepage: Click on the "Research Tools" tab at the top and choose "Research: Start"
  4. There is a list of databases on this page. You can choose ProQuestAcademic Search Complete, or Academic OneFile.
  5. Once your are in the database, choose "Advanced Search"
  6. There will be an option for Peer Reviewed journals or publications; Click it and this will limit to peer reviewed articles


Do you need to verify that a journal is peer-reviewed?

Follow these steps:

  1. Start at the Library's homepage:
  2. Locate "Research Tools" >> "Research Start" at the top of the page
  3. On the "Research Start" page, scroll down the page and locate the "Other Research Tools"
  4. From that list you'll want to look for "Ulrich's Web" 
  5. Once you are in that resource you can do a search for your journal title and it will indicate whether your journal is peer reviewed or not! 



Stop by the library in-person or call us for more help.


Comments (1)

  1. video is so blurry that I cannot see it.
    by pip brant on Aug 24, 2015.

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