How Do I Know If My Article is Peer-Reviewed Or Scholary?

A peer-reviewed article is one that has been reviewed and evaluated by experts in a particular field, to ensure the science is accurate and valid, and that the research offers new contributions in that discipline. Peer-review can also be referred to as scholarly or refereed.

There are a few strategies you can use to determine if a research article is scholarly and peer-reviewed. A good way to find scholarly journal articles is to begin with the Library's website. If you are using a database or journal for a research article you discovered through the library's website, it would be considered scholarly.

Strategy # 1

When searching OMNI or another academic database, use the Refinements Peer-review or Peer-reviewed journals. Once you enter your keywords into the OMNI search box, a list of the refinements will appear on the left hand side of your search results.


Strategy # 2

After conducting a search with your keywords, you are given a list of search results. The middle column shows articles, books and other resources. Under the title, if an article (or another resource) has been peer-reviewed, it will include that information.


Strategy # 3

You have chosen a journal article for your research but you are unsure if it has been peer-reviewed. Within the article, you can sometimes find this information. The peer-review process is represented as dates and can include the following terminology:

  • Article Dates
  • Article History
  • Article Notes

These dates show the when the article was received for review, when it was revised and then accepted.

Strategy # 4

Use Ulrichsweb database. Search the journal title (not the article title) and limit your results to Refereed/Peer-Reviewed.

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