Answered By: Georgina Martorella
Last Updated: Nov 15, 2016     Views: 17507

Peer-reviewed (or refereed) scholarly articles are based on research.  They relate to research studies, methodology and/or theory.  They are usually lengthy articles divided into sections that may include a literature review, a description of the methodology used in the study, data presentation (statistical charts, tables, graphs ), a discussion and conclusions.  (Note that if the article is based on qualitative methodology, the data presentation section may not contain numerical data, but will rather be text-dense).   You will also see an abstract, in-text citations, and an extensive bibliography (or reference list).  The author's affiliations are listed as well as contact information.

You can locate peer-reviewed articles in library databases.  Please go to the Library homepage at  >  Databases by subject.  You will be prompted for your username and password if you are off campus.  You can access databases either by subject area or alphabetically by name of database.  Many of these databases provide a box that you can check to search for peer-reviewed articles (Academic Search Premier, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, Sociological Abstracts, PsychInfo, ERIC are few examples).  Some databases only contain peer-reviewed articles (JStor, Project Muse, Oxford Journals Online, Cambridge Journals Online, and SpringerLink).

You may also want to use OneSearch.  OneSearch allows you to search across many of our resources in one search (library catalog and most of our research databases).  From the library homepage, you can simply enter your search in the OneSearch box (click in the blue OneSearch bar). Most likely you will get many results.  On the left side of the screen, you can limit your results to peer-reviewed articles only.

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