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Scholarly Peer-reviewed Articles

What are scholarly peer-reviewed articles?

  • Usually published in scholarly journals
  • Well-researched original articles on specialized topics written by scholars
  • Author affiliation and contact details are provided
  • There is an abstract at the beginning of peer-reviewed articles
  • Contain in-text citations and a list of references at the end
  • May include charts tables, graphs, and other statistical data
  • Use subject-specific language that include technical terms unique to the field
  • Presented in sections such as Introduction, Literature Review, Methodology, Results, Discussion, Conclusion
  • Subjected to intense critiques by a team of subject specialists who are peers of the author(s)

How do you know if a journal contains peer-reviewed articles?

Google the name of the journal and on their website you will see if the journal articles are peer reviewed.
e.g.: Communication Research


  • Scholarly peer-reviewed journals also include editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews, and opinion pieces that are not peer-reviewed
  • Some journals contain scholarly articles but they may not have been peer-reviewed.
    e.g.: Phi Delta Kappan

How do I to locate peer-reviewed articles?

Use online databases such as:

Many databases allow you to limit your search to scholarly peer-reviewed articles.

To identify other online databases for your topic, go to

Created by: Joe Fernandez | Revised: 01/06/2014
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