Finding Peer Reviewed Articles

What does peer-review mean?

Peer review is a process that allows experts in a particular field to evaluate the quality and validity of a research or scientific articles. The goal is to maintain scientific integrity and to eliminate articles that are poor quality and science that isn't valid.

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How to I find peer-reviewed articles?

Many academic databases allow users to search for peer-reviewed research or scientific journal articles.

1. Using OMNI (Carleton's discovery tool)

OMNI allows you to limit your results by using the refinement "Peer-reviewed journals", which is located on the left hand side of your search results.

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2. Specific academic databases allow you to refine your searches by peer-review

In many databases, there is a refinement that allows you to search for articles that are peer-reviewed.

For example, in PsychInfo, under the Search box is a box that you can click that ensures your results have been peer-reviewed.

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3. Learn more about a Journal for an article you found in a database.

Click on the Journal title. For example, you discover an article found in the journal 'Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences' via the database "Canadian Business & Current Affairs". Once you click on the database link, you will see at the top of the page underneath the title that this journal is peer reviewed.

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4. Google your Journal title and see if you can find information about that resource.

For example,Google Canadian Journal of Communication. There is a section called About Us. You can find information about the Peer Review Process.

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