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 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.
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.
You can use the strategies below to limit your search to only peer-reviewed articles. Other ways to tell whether an article is peer-reviewed:
Some articles in peer-reviewed journals are not peer-reviewed articles. Examples includes editorials, news items, and book reviews, which do not necessarily go through the same review process.
GenderWatch allows you to limit your search to peer-reviewed articles by selecting "Peer Reviewed" beneath the search box.