Last Updated: Nov 28, 2023     Views: 78

How do you know when an article is peer reviewed?

Not all scholarly content would be considered peer reviewed, but there are some clues that will help you to determine whether an article has been through this editorial process.

Fortunately, most databases and Summon have limits to peer reviewed or, at least scholarly, content so make sure you are adding this limit to your search if your assignment requires you find this kind of source. When in doubt, do a Google search for the journal and you should be able to locate information about its editorial process.

Look for these additional clues:

  • a list of references must accompany all peer reviewed articles
  • language that is specialized and written for other researchers in the field 
  • figures, charts, and other data which the authors are reporting on

Click on the blue information icons in the screenshot below to see the various indications that this is a peer reviewed article.



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