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How do I find peer-reviewed articles?

I am looking for peer-reviewed journal articles, also called refereed, scholarly, or "academic" articles. How do I find them? How do I know if the articles are peer-reviewed?
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  • To understand what peer-reviewed sources are and how they differ from other resources, see this research guide.
  • To learn how to improve your database searches to find articles on your topic, see this Ask Us Answer.

Two ways to find peer-reviewed articles

I. Limit Your Search

UST OneSearch

After you search for your keywords in UST OneSearch, there is an option on the results page to limit your search results to materials from peer-reviewed journals.  Click the "Peer-Reviewed" fact on the left to limit your results. 

Here is an example. 


Most databases have an option on the main search page that limits your search to peer-reviewed journals. Check the box, and all your search results will be materials from peer-reviewed journals. Check to see that your results are articles rather than book reviews, editorials or letters.

Here is an example from Academic Search Complete, a general-purpose database. Many of our databases have a similar layout:

II. Look Up the Journal

You can usually see if a journal is peer-reviewed by looking it up in our Journals list. Click through to a database page with links to issues, and see if the journal is listed as peer-reviewed. Most journals have a web page. Google the name of the journal and check the home page to see if the journal is peer-reviewed. If it is peer-reviewed, it will usually say so; popular journals probably will not mention it. Another term for peer-reviewed is "refereed."

You can also look up this information in Ulrich's Periodical Directory, available in the library reference room.

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