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Peer-reviewed, scholarly sources

Scholarly journals are published by scholars--people who have the highest college degree in their field--for other scholars to read. Before the article is published, it undergoes a process of peer-review, during which *other* scholar specialists (the author's peers) review the article and make suggestions for improvement. It's a strenuous process, so when something is published in a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal, it is considered by college professors to be extremely reliable. Watch this short video that describes the peer-review process.

Here are some clues/characteristics of peer-reviewed articles...

  • They are very long in page number, often 5-40 pages
  • They have a long list of citations or references at the end of the paper.
  • They only include charts or graphs--no colorful advertisements or photographs.
  • They have a DOI number (digital object identifier) assigned to them
  • They have section headings like...
    • Introduction [Strategic reading tip: Read this section to start!]
    • Methodology
    • Results
    • Discussion
    • Conclusion  [Strategic reading tip: Read this section to start!]

Where to find peer-reviewed articles?

Use one of the following databases...

- Academic Search Complete

- EBSCOhost

- ProQuest

On the Advanced Search screen, put a check in the box that says "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" or "Peer reviewed," like this...


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