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Peer Reviewed Articles

Does a peer reviewed article look different than other kinds of articles? What should I look for?


Peer-reviewed articles tend to share some identifying traits:


An article with the abstract and references highlighted.

  • Published with a summary (abstract)

  • Substantial bibliography/works cited list

An article's publication history, including the dates submitted and accepted.

  • May feature a note on when the paper was submitted/accepted

An article's author credentials.

  • Author’s credentials are usually listed

An article with discrete sections and in-line citations highlighted.

  • Like most scholarly works, full of citations

  • Papers in the sciences usually have discrete sections (“methodology”, “results”, etc.), as well as graphs, charts or figures; humanities papers usually do not


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