Keep in mind that many sources on the Internet, including Wikipedia, do not engage in this peer review process and may not be suitable for your research. When in doubt, check with your faculty member.
Peer-reviewed articles are published in peer-reviewed journals. Often, but not always, journal is in the source's title (for example, the American Journal of Public Health). Some Characteristics of Peer-Reviewed Articles include:
In addition, a research article describing a study will include:
Our databases may include articles from magazines, newspapers, trade publications and scholarly journals. How do you know if an article is scholarly or not? See "Popular, Scholarly, or Trade?" from the University of Texas Libraries.
For a quick overview of the differences between scholarly sources and magazines, check out this video from the Peabody Library.
All of our databases allow you to limit results to articles that are peer-reviewed. In the Ebsco databases, this feature is found on the main search page, under "limit your results" as in the example below. From your results page, you can also extract peer-reviewed articles by using the "limit to" options on the left side of your results.
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