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How to Find Peer-Reviewed Articles: What is Peer Review?

Tips for finding peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles in the library catalog and selected databases. Also information about the peer-review process.

Peer Review in 3 Minutes

Tips for Identifying Peer-Reviewed Articles

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.