Answered By: Carolyn Norman
Last Updated: Jan 20, 2017     Views: 207

Peer review is a process where experts in a field review a paper or article for the quality of the research and it's contribution to the knowledge in the field before a journal accepts the paper for publication.  Many of our databases have built in filters that allow you to select articles from peer reviewed sources.  If you are using databases provided by EBSCO, ProQuest or Gale the following will help you be sure you have peer reviewed sources.

  • In EBSCO on the page where you set up your search select the "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" box in the "Limit your results" section.
  • In Gale just check the box that limits your results to peer reviewed journal sources.
  • In ProQuest select the “ Peer Reviewed" box. 

If you are using a database other than those above or you have found articles through the Online Journal List, you will need to independently determine if the paper or article is peer reviewed by checking the Serials Directory or Ulrichsweb Directory.  

To use Ulrichsweb Directory :

Type in the complete title, don't use abbreviations.  Look for your title in the list. Look for the "Referee Shirt" symbol in the third column from the left.

To use the Serials Directory.

In  the main search box type in the title of the journal, don't use abbreviations. In the Limit Your Results area select the scholarly (peer reviewed) journals limiter.  Click on "SEARCH."

When you get the results page look for your title. If it is there the journal uses the peer review process. You may need to check the full record (click on the title) to be sure it is your journal as many journals have similar titles.

For general information on searching for articles, consult the Database Tutorials found on our Research Guide: "Student Resources & Services: Home" or the research guide for your subject area.