What is Peer-Review?
Peer-Review (sometimes also called Refereeing) is a process any author must go through if they wish to have their research published in a scholarly journal. The reviewers will all be experts in the same field, and to protect both parties, the author does not know the names of anybody reviewing their research, nor does the review panel know the name of the author(s).
The job of the reviewers is to ensure that the author has not made any unsubstantiated claims, and that his or her research has been thoroughly done. At the end of the process, the review panel may decide to recommend the article for publishing, return it to the author with comments for revision/editing, or reject it altogether.
Want to Check if an Article You Already Have is From a Peer-Reviewed Journal?
Search for the journal in Ulrichsweb by typing in the name of the journal and click on the green magnifying glass.
If the journal in question has a little referee’s shirt next to it that journal is peer-reviewed.
You can also visit the official web site of the journal in question. Many will proudly state that they are a peer-reviewed publication, have links where you can view their reviewer information/guidelines, and rules for submission.
Finding Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
The easiest way to make sure you're only finding articles which have undergone the peer-review process is to use the Library databases. Some databases only contain peer-reviewed material while others contain a variety of information. For example, EBSCOHost databases contain newspaper articles, editorials, and reviews in addition to scholarly materials. Limiting your search results to those which only come from scholarly, peer-reviewed journals is essential to filtering out unwanted results.
On the main page, prior to starting your search, you can limit your search to scholarly articles by checking the box in the 'Search Option' area
If you've already started your search, you can limit your results to scholarly articles by checking the box in the 'Limit To' area on the sidebar (you may have to click on the heading to expand 'Limit To' box).