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What is a Peer-Reviewed Article?

Many, but not all, academic journals are peer-reviewed. According to the Random House Dictionary, peer review is the "evaluation of a person's work or performance by a group of people in the same occupation, profession, or industry." A peer-reviewed journal publishes articles which have been independently evaluated by experts (peers) in the field.

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These databases have published articles from scholarly journals.

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Academic One File
[limit to peer-reviewed by checking the "to peer-reviewed publications" box]
Gale. A starting point for peer-reviewed, full-text articles in the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects.
Academic Search Premier
[limit to peer-reviewed by checking the "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" box in Advanced Search]
EBSCOhost. Full text for more than 4,500 scholarly social sciences, humanities, general science, education and multi-cultural journals. 3,700+ are peer-reviewed.
JSTOR
Full text of over 1000 scholarly journals in the arts and sciences, from their earliest issues up to 3-5 years ago. Does not include current issues of the journals. A video tutorial on how to search JSTOR is available.
PsycINFO
EBSCOhost. Start here if you are looking for scholarly (peer-reviewed) psychology articles. PsycINFO is the single most comprehensive psychology article collection. Full-text articles from PsycARTICLES are included here.
Science Direct
Full text for over 890 peer reviewed health and life sciences journals. View Science Direct handout [pdf].

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