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Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Journals
(also called refereed journals)
|Popular works, such as magazine and newspaper articles,
A peer-reviewed or refereed journal is one in which manuscripts submitted by authors are reviewed by experts on the topic before being accepted for publication in the journal. This form of quality control is important to the scholarly process.
Look in Research Databases to find peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles. Some databases make it easy. Look for a check-box to limit or refine to "Peer Reviewed" or Scholarly.
What if the article I need is not full-text?
First, look at the article and make sure it is scholarly and not a news article.
Look up the journal in Periodical Locator and click on Title details from ulrichsweb.com™
This link will indicate if the journal is “refereed.”
Reviewed October, 2011
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