How can I tell if an article is peer-reviewed?
- Some online databases, like Academic Search Complete, allow you to limit your search results to scholarly or peer-reviewed journals. Other databases, like Biosis Previews, only cover scholarly journals. You still need to be careful, though, as many peer-reviewed journals also publish book reviews or guest columns that are not peer-reviewed. When in doubt, look for a substantial article (8 pages long or more) with a good works cited list.
- Look up the journal title (not the article title) online. Very often you will be able to find a section that says "Instructions for authors." This section usual indicates whether articles are reviewed.
- Consult Ulrich’s International online.
Once in Ulrich's, change the search from “keyword” to “Title (exact)” and type in the title of your journal. Choose your journal title from the list that shows up from your search, then scroll down the page looking for “Refereed – Yes”