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Peer Review and Scholarly Articles: Getting Started

How to use this guide

This guide will help you understand what peer reviewed articles are and how to find them. It will also help you understand the difference between scholarly/peer reviewed articles found in journals and popular articles found in things like newspapers or magazines.

Use the Peer Review in a Nushell tab to watch video and learn more about the process of evaluating information to determine whether or not it is peer reviewed/scholarly.

Use the other tabs to learn how to search databases more effectively using terms and connectors as well as how to avoid plagiarizing by citing properly.

Databases used for scholarly research

The following list of databases will help you find scholarly articles. These are the most commonly used ones. For more check out ARTICLES at the library homepage.


Almost all library databases that have peer reviewed or scholarly articles have a box, or tab or function that allows you to limit searches or search results to peer reviewed/scholarly.

On Academic Search Premier it is a box that you can check to limit results to scholarly articles. Easiest way to search for just what you need if you are looking for peer reviewed/scholarly articles.

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