We have already covered Peer-Review in Section One. However, we haven't really discussed where you can find Peer-Reviewed Articles.
Where Do I Find Peer-Reviewed Articles?
Some library databases contain only articles from peer-reviewed journals, but many contain a mix of peer-reviewed journal articles, trade and popular magazine articles, newspaper articles, reports, and more. You may also be looking for more than just peer-reviewed journal articles and in that case, a mix isn't a bad thing. If you want only peer-reviewed articles, limit your search. Some databases offer a checkbox that accomplishes this:
Keep in mind that even within scholarly journals, there are non-peer-reviewed articles such as book reviews and editorials. These will be in your results when you apply this limiter.
How Do I Know if the Article I've Found is Peer-Reviewed?
Peer-reviewed journal articles usually have the following elements:
These databases are reference resources and contain encyclopedias, dictionaries, and congressional reports made up of popular sources (newspapers, reports, websites, etc.) These databases are here to help you learn more about the topic you are researching. These resources are great at helping you put your topic in context and identifying related concepts and keywords you can use to find more about your topic in the other databases.
Newspapers are NOT peer-reviewed resources BUT can be great for adding local perspective on the topic you are researching. It might be difficult to find perspective, opinions, or even recent updates in peer-reviewed articles, newspapers can help with this.
These databases contain multiple different types of sources so be sure to filter to only "scholarly" or "peer-reviewed" sources. If we don't have access to a journal article, we can get it via Interlibrary Loan (see the welcome page).