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Peer Reviewed Sources: A sequenced tutorial

Peer Reviewed Sources: An overview
The Peer Review Process

 What is peer review?
  • The author sends their paper to a journal for approval.
  • The journal sends the paper to other experts in the field to read and review.
  • Reviewers can recommend that the journal publish the paper as-is, publish it with edits, or not publish it at all.
  • The journal sends the paper back to the author if it needs editing.
  • The author chooses whether to incorporate the suggested changes and may respond to reviewers’ comments.
  • The process repeats until the paper is accepted to publish.
 Peer Reviewed Articles

 What does a peer reviewed article look like?
  • Published in a peer reviewed journal
  • Published with a summary (abstract)
  • May feature a note on when the paper was submitted/accepted
  • Like other scholarly works, full of source citations
  • Papers in the sciences usually have discrete sections (“methodology”, “results”, etc.), graphs, charts or figures; humanities papers usually do not
  • Author’s credentials are usually listed
  • Substantial bibliography/works cited list
 Peer Reviewed Journals

 What does a peer reviewed journal look like?
  • Peer reviewed journals usually tell you that they’re peer reviewed
    • Mentioned in the front or back matter in a physical journal
    • Mentioned in the journal information or submission guideline pages in an online journal
  • Some databases indicate which journals are peer reviewed
  • Periodical directories like Ulrich’s track which publications are peer reviewed
 Non-Peer Reviewed Sources

 What should I avoid when looking for peer reviewed material?
  • Newspaper articles
  • Magazine articles
  • Ads or other sponsored material
  • Book reviews
  • Editorials or opinion pieces
  • Conference proceedings
 Locating Peer Reviewed Articles

 How and where should I look for peer reviewed articles?
  • Library OneSearch
    • Scholarly and peer review filter
  • Databases with scholarly/peer review filters
    • Most EbscoHost databases
    • Many Gale databases
    • Some ProQuest databases

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