The following are good rules of thumb to help identify peer-reviewed journal articles. Please understand that these aren't all true 100% of the time:
- They will begin with an abstract, or brief summary of the article's contents.
- They will be research-based and feature several citations. The citations may appear within the text or in a list of works cited at the end of the article.
- They will be longer than one or two pages - articles of this length are often book reviews or editorials.