Finding peer-reviewed articles

For the work you do at this level, you will likely need to seek articles that are "peer-reviewed" (sometimes also referred to as "scholarly"). In EBSCO databases, you have several tools to help you find peer-reviewed articles.

From the library's home page, you can choose a subject-specific database by going to "Databases."  If you want to do a multiple-database search, start with Academic Search Complete. (See instructions for multiple-database searches on this LibGuide.)

Once you are inside of an EBSCO database, there are a few ways locate peer-reviewed articles.

1. Do a search and look for results that are from an "Academic Journal." Also, you can use the limiters to narrow to only articles from peer-reviewed journals.

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2. Evaluate your results: look for articles that are more than a few pages long. Peer-reviewed articles won't be short. Also review the abstract for indications that this is a research article or some sort of study. You can also click on the journal name to learn more about that publication.

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3. If you click on the journal name, you can learn more about that publication. Often the publication details page will tell you if a journal is peer-reviewed or not.

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How to identify a peer-reviewed article

Look For These Components in a Research Article

An abstract

A list of keywords

A literature review

Some description of research methodology

References or Works Cited information

Original research

Authors who are expert(s) in the field, usually faculty at academic institutions

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Evidence of a peer review process (submitted, revised, and accepted dates, usually on the first page of the article)

Specialized vocabulary/jargon, specific to the field

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