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Finding peer-reviewed articles


Searching for peer-reviewed articles in article databases

Most databases allow you to limit the search to peer-reviewed journals.

Just select "peer review" before conducting the search. For example in EBSCO databases:

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In ProQuest databases:

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You should always double-check whether an article is peer-reviewed by considering its characteristics, especially:

  • the authors' identity (academic or not)
  • the presence of a significant bibliography
  • the language and audience targeted

In some databases, users may need to conduct a search first and then are given the option of limiting to peer-reviewed journals on the results page.

Ulrich's Periodicals Directory

It is possible to check whether a journal is peer-reviewed or not in Ulrich's Periodicals Directory.

Ulrich's is available online from the Kresge Library website. Do a search for a journal, and look for the little referee icon before the title of the journal:

       Referee icon

If it is there, the journal is peer-reviewed.

Here is how to find and search in Ulrich's (0:41 video):


Checking a journal's editorial policy

To find out whether a journal is peer-reviewed, you can also check their editional policy. Most reputable journals lay it out in each issue, or on their website.


For more on peer review:

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