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Articles: How to Find Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Journal Articles

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

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Emily Connor Dafoe
Emily Connor Dafoe
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This guide will help you use library resources to find peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles. This page includes an Articles+ search box and links to recommended databases for finding scholarly journal articles. For more in-depth guidance, see the Articles+ Tips and Database Tips pages. For an explanation of the peer review process and its significance to scholarly research, check out the quick 3 minute video on the What is peer review? page.

Articles+ Search

This search box is the same one found under the Articles+ tab on the library homepage. It searches through several of the library's databases simultaneously, and can be helpful if you're not sure where to start. See the Articles+ Tips page for detailed instructions on using the Articles+ search to find peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles.

Recommended Resources

The following databases all provide access to peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles in a wide range of subjects. While they each work a bit differently, their overall function is similar. For specific tips on finding peer-reviewed articles using each of these databases, see the Database Tips page.