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Finding Peer-Reviewed Articles  

Compiled by Krista Hartman, Librarian, Associate Professor.
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What is a peer-reviewed article?

A journal article that is peer-reviewed has been evaluated by the author’s peers, or experts in his or her academic field, for methodology, accuracy, objectivity, and overall unique contribution to research in the field.   Another term for peer-reviewed is refereed.   

Peer reviewed, scholarly, academic, refereed=quality sources for your paper!

How to find peer-reviewed articles in specific databases:

1)    ProQuest Criminal Justice (through ProQuest):

          Click in the “Peer-reviewed” box on the search screen before starting your search.

2)    EBSCOHost databases:

           For the following databases accessed through EBSCOHost at the advanced search screen click in the

         “Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals” or the “peer reviewed” box before starting your search.

         Academic Search Complete

           AltHealth Watch       

           Applied Science and Technology Source            

           Associate Programs Source      

           Business Source Complete    

           Canadian Reference Centre                 

           CINAHL Plus with Full Text                

           Computer Source

           Education Source   

           Energy and Power Source

           Entrepreneurial Studies Source

           Environment Complete                        



           Health Source—Consumer Edition

           Health Source—Nursing/Academic Edition

           Humanities Source

           LGBT Life with Full Text

           Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts with Full Text

           MasterFILE Premier

           Military and Government Collection

           MLA International Bibliography

           Professional Development Collection

           Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection


         Religion and Philosophy Collection

           Small Business Collection

           Social Sciences Full Text

           Vocational and Career Collection             

3)    Gale databases:

    For the following databases accessed through Gale Cengage at the advanced search screen

    click in the “to refereed publications” or the “peer-reviewed publications” box before starting your


    Academic One File

     Agriculture Collection

     Business, Economics and Theory Collection

     Culinary Arts Collection

     Diversity Studies Collection

     Environmental Studies and Policy Collection

     Fine Arts and Music Collection

     Gardening, Landscape, and Horticulture Collection

     General Science Collection

     Hospitality, Tourism, and Leisure Collection

     Insurance and Liability Collection

     Literature Resource Center

     Military Intelligence Collection

     Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Collection

     Pop Culture Collection

     Religion and Philosophy Collection

    Shakespeare Collection

     U.S. History Collection

     Vocations and Careers Collection

     War and Terrorism Collection

     World History Collection

4)    The following databases contain only peer-reviewed, scholarly journals.

         CQ Researcher Online  (through Congressional Quarterly)

         Literature Criticism Online (through Gale)     

         MedLine (through EBSCO)

         Science Direct (through Elsevier)

5)    The following databases clearly indicate academic journals as opposed to magazines and newspapers

          when they present their search results by grouping them together all in one place:

             Opposing Viewpoints

             U.S. History in Context

             World History in Context

6)     The following databases DO NOT distinguish between magazines and scholarly journals; you must

           look up the titles in the reference books listed below or ask a librarian:

           Business Insights: Essentials

             Issues and Controversies


             Points of View Reference Center


If you have  question as to whether a journal is peer-reviewed or not, you may consult either:

           Magazines for Libraries (Ready Ref Z 6941 .M23 2012) OR

           Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory  (Ref Z 6941 .U5 2007)


Ask for help at the Information Desk if you experience any problems.


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