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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, you can check the box labeled Peer Reviewed to limit your search to these kinds of resources:

Screenhot highlighting Peer-Reviewed limiter under search options on EBSCO's interface.

You can do the same in ProQuest databases by checking the box on the search page labeled "Peer reviewed":
Screenhot highlighting Peer-Reviewed limiter under advanced search options on ProQuest's interface.


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's list of databases. Once you open Ulrich's, do a search for a journal, and look for the little referee icon before the title of the journal:

       Decorative image of the refereed icon found in Ulrich's Periodicals Directory

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


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 example, in the image below, the Journal of Cell Biology's About page indicates that it is a peer-reviewed journal. 

 Screenshot of Journal of Cell Biology website with indication of being a Peer-reviewed journal highlighted.


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