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Peer Review

What is a peer reviewed article?

Peer reviewed articles, also known as scholarly or refereed articles, have been evaluated by several researchers or subject specialists in the academic community prior to being accepted for publication. 

For more information about this process, please see the video below:



How can I tell if a journal is peer reviewed?

  • If you're searching for articles, sometimes you can limit your search to peer reviewed sources simply by selecting a tab or checking a box on the search screen while searching a library database or SuperSearch.
  • Another way to find out if a journal is peer-reviewed is to look for this symbol Peer-Reviewedon the library's A-Z list of journals page.

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Peer review is certainly not a perfect system, but it is the current model for ensuring high quality research in most scholarly journal articles. Read more about Peer Review.

It is important for you to understand the concept of peer review in order to use these sources appropriately in your own research.