Answered By: Camden County College Library
Last Updated: Feb 24, 2017     Views: 242

Peer-review is a process by which manuscripts are submitted for publication in a scholarly or research journal. These manuscripts are reviewed by subject experts for comment, evaluation, and approval. In the publishing world, the meaning of refereed is very similar to the meaning of peer-reviewed. It refers to the editorial process by which articles are published in journals.

For example, researchers write a report about a topic they have studied, and before the report is published, other experts in their field edit and fact-check it. After careful revision, the research is eventually published. Because these articles are reviewed by other scholars before being published, these works meet high standards of scholarship. 

To find peer-reviewed journals go to the library web site and click on the tab Databases, Articles, and Journals. You will see a list of the databases by Title or Subject.

Some library’s databases (For example: PsycArticles and ScienceDirect) contain ONLY scholarly journals, so you can find scholarly articles there.

Other databases such as Academic Search Premier allow you to search specifically for "Academic Journals" or "Scholarly (peer-review) Journals."  In Academic Search Premier look for the section LIMIT YOUR RESULTS on the search screen and check off Scholarly (peer-review) Journals.

You can also start your searching via EasySearch on the library homepage. Be sure to check the “Peer Reviewed Articles” box if you only want to view such resources.

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