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Instruction: Determining if an Article is Scholarly or Peer Reviewed

Determining if an Article is Scholarly or Peer Reviewed

Determining if an article is scholarly or peer reviewed is not always straightforward.

Look for the following characteristics to help you determine if the article is scholarly or peer reviewed:

  1. The article has been published in a scholarly or peer reviewed journal.

    Not sure if the journal is scholarly or peer reviewed?
    • Review the reading Scholarly vs. Popular Periodicals
    • Ask a librarian
    • Check Ulrichsweb by searching for the ISSN of the journal or the title of the journal.

      Screenshot of UlrichsWeb
  2. Author credentials are visible. Author(s) appear to be experts in the field. Author contact information is provided.

    Screenshot of author credentials in a journal article

  3. Article has the structure of a scholarly or peer reviewed journal, which includes:
    • An abstract or summary
    • An introduction
    • A methods or methodology section
    • A findings or results section
    • A discussion section
    • A conclusion
    • A list of cited references or works cited
  4. Article does not contain glossy photos; Article may contain graphics, tables or charts.

When in doubt Ask a librarian whether or not a specific article is scholarly or peer reviewed.

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