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Peer-Reviewed, Refereed, Scholarly Publications

This research guide provides characteristics of peer-reviewed, refereed and scholarly articles, where to find them and how to recognize them.

How To Find a Peer-Reviewed Article

Some databases have options for choosing peer-reviewed or scholarly publications in their limits menu:

1- Choose a database

2- Check off the "peer-reviewed" or "scholarly" option to limit the search.

3- In some databases, you may need to go to an "advanced" or "expert" search screen, to limit to "peer-reviewed" articles.


Some databases have peer-reviewed articles and journals but do not have a peer-reviewed search option.

How can you check if an article is peer-reviewed?

1- Look on the "Characteristics" tab of this research guide for further help in identifying features and traits of a peer-reviewed article.

Databases and Peer-Reviewed Articles

To determine if the article you choose from a database is peer-reviewed look in the "Characteristics" tab to guide you.

Find a Peer-Reviewed Article