How Do I Find Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Articles?

How do I find scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles?

A scholarly article is peer-reviewed by fellow-experts before being published. These articles are also called academic or refereed articles.
Find out more about academic sources, including scholarly (peer reviewed) articles

1. Search an article database

Search an appropriate article database for your topic. Some databases only contain scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles (e.g. Web of Science, Scopus).

Find out more about which database is right for your topic

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2. Limit your search to scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles

Once you have done your search, most article databases allow you to limit your search results to scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles. Look for such a limit - it may be on the left-hand side bar or on the advanced search screen. Here's one example:

Screen shot showing a check box peer-review limit

Tip: Some article databases also use icons to indicate whether an individual article is scholarly (peer-reviewed) or not e.g.

Screen shot showing an academic journal icon

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