Answered By: Gabe Gossett Last Updated: Jan 14, 2016 Views: 4619
A peer-reviewed article is also sometimes referred to as a scholarly article. These are articles in journals that go through a review process by other experts in the field. For instance, if I am a professor of education and I write an article and submit it to a prestigious journal it must first go through a review process by other experts before it is accepted for publication. It is a rigorous process that ensures that the articles published within journals are sound pieces of scholarship.
It is worth noting that not every article in a peer-reviewed journal is necessarily a peer-reviewed article! For example, many peer-reviewed journals include book reviews, interviews, news, and more. Make sure you look for the characteristics below to be certain that you are reading a peer-reviewed article or contact us for advice.
Western Libraries subscribes to Ulrich's, which is a database where you can search by journal titles in order to determine whether it is a peer-reviewed source.
Here is a table describing the difference between popular and scholarly sources.
Popular and Scholarly Sources
Many of the assignments for your courses may ask you to use specific sources or types of sources such as popular magazine articles or scholarly or professional journal articles. There are some basic ways that you can identify these types of periodicals.
If you would like to know how to search for peer reviewed articles in the Western Libraries' databases contact a librarian using the information provided on the right.