Peer-reviewed articles are highly specialized reports, usually about original research, written by experts for an audience of experts.
If you already have a lot of knowledge about your research topic, a peer-reviewed article can help you understand the nuances and details of newly tested and debated ideas, theories, methods, and discoveries within a specialized field.
If you are new to your subject, you will need to first build your background knowledge in order to read a peer-reviewed journal well enough to understand it thoroughly.
Peer-reviewed publications (sometimes called scholarly, academic, or refereed) have gone through a review process by experts in the field before being published. To learn more about the process, please see the video at the bottom of this page, from North Carolina State University Libraries.
If you know the name of the journal you want, you can use our e-journal finder to look up the journal.
You can search for peer-reviewed journal articles in OneSearch by using the peer-reviewed journal filter. OneSearch searches across many databases (collections of journals) at the same time.
You can see explicitly in the details if a journal is peer-reviewed.
When you click on "Available Online::
you will be shown an info page that shows you subject headings, a description, and links to click on to get the :
You can also find peer-reviewed articles in a specific library database. You can search here for databases on particular subjects.
Here is an example from a database called Academic Search Complete (EBSCO).
Note that in this example "Academic Journal" = scholarly journals (the word "periodical" usually means all kinds of publications, including scholarly journals, but this database uses "periodical" to mean not scholarly).
Here is an example from a database called GenderWatch. In some databases, you can specify for peer-reviewed articles even before you search:
Please note some of the other tools you can use on the results list. Different databases will format things slightly differently, but they all have similar tools to help you get the citation, email the article to yourself, or see the abstract (summary) of an article.
Find it! @CUNY
Your results may show this button:
This means we may or may not have access to the article. You won't know however until you click it! Once you do, if we have access, you will see this kind of information:
These links will all go to the same article. It's common for the same article to be collected in more than one database. You can click on any of the links here to get to your article.
Other ways to tell whether an article is peer-reviewed: