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To find peer-reviewed journal articles consult the databases listed in the program Research Guides

What is Peer Review?

Peer-reviewed papers are scrutinized by experts to ensure that they meet the academic discipline's high standards. Peer-reviewed papers are also called "scholarly articles" or "refereed articles."

Five steps for the peer review process in science courtesy of University of California Museum of Paleontology’s Understanding Science

How do I find out if a journal is peer-reviewed?

Peer-reviewed journal articles are published in peer-reviewed journals.  The easiest way to make sure that you're searching for peer-reviewed journals is to filter search results by selecting the "peer-reviewed" box which appear in most databases.

If you're not sure if a journal is peer-reviewed, check in Ulrich's. Ulrich's Periodicals Directory is a database that maintains information about all types of periodicals: scholarly journals, newspapers, magazines and more.  If you search your journal title in Ulrich's and you see a mini referree jersey (see image below) in the search results, your journal is peer reviewed!

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