Peer-reviewed journals (sometimes called scholarly, academic, or refereed) have gone through a review process by experts in the field before being published. To learn more, check out the videos below.
Know the name of the peer-reviewed journal you're looking for? Use our Journal Search to find it!
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 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.
To understand how to develop your background knowledge, visit Getting Started with Research and Sources for Research. If you're not sure about where to start, you can always talk to a librarian for more assistance.
Note! Some things you find within peer-reviewed journals are not peer-reviewed articles. Examples includes editorials, letters to the editor, news items, and book reviews, which do go through the same review process.