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How do I find scholarly, peer reviewed journal articles?

For brief instructions on scholarly vs. peer-reviewed journals, please see the Library's Scholarly vs. Peer Reviewed Journals quick tutorial video.

To ensure that your search results are from scholarly/peer-reviewed journals, you will want to check the limit box on the search page, as shown below for NavigatorSearch (formerly Roadrunner).


You will see a similar checkbox in many Library databases. However, you may find that some databases do not have a scholarly/peer-reviewed limit on their search page. This is usually because these databases ONLY contain scholarly/peer-reviewed journals, so there would be nothing to remove from your search results. Examples of 100% scholarly databases include Annual Reviews, ScienceDirect, SAGE Journals Online, Taylor and Francis Online, SpringerLink, and Wiley.

It is very important to ensure that the scholarly/peer-reviewed limits are still in place when you run another search. For every new set of search results that you receive, check to see that the limits are still in place. If they are not, then add the limits back into the search.
It is also important to keep in mind that not all scholarly journals go through the peer review process. For help determining whether or not a scholarly journal is peer-reviewed, review our FAQ here.

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