What Are Peer Reviewed Articles?

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Your instructor wants you to use peer reviewed journal articles.  Hint: that does not mean that your friends need to read the articles first.  Peer reviewed journals (also called refereed journals) are scholarly journals that only publish articles that have passed through a strict review process.  When an author submits an article to a peer reviewed journal, the journal editors send it out to other experts in the same field (the author’s peers) to get their opinion on the quality of the research and methodology.

You can search for articles from peer reviewed journals in most of the Library databases.

In the EBSCO databases, scroll down to the Limit Your Results section and click in the box next to Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals. We also recommend limited to Full Text.

In the ProQuest databases, the Peer Reviewed option is below the search box. 

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