NURS 600: Scientific and Ethical Foundations


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Amanda Pruka
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Tips for Identifying Peer-Reviewed Articles

Note: Not all articles in peer-reviewed journals are peer-reviewed. Typically, only research articles or studies are peer reviewed, but this differs depending on the journals. Here are some ways to find out if a journal has peer-reviewed content in it:

  • Look up the journal title in Krueger Library's periodicals list. Peer-reviewed journals are indicated with a [Peer-Reviewed] flag. Be sure you have the correct journal, as sometimes there are many journals with the same name. Go directly to content in that journal by clicking on the journal name. You'll find more information about their publishing details there as well.
  • Limit your search while you're in a database. Many databases have a "peer-reviewed" option to indicate your preference for peer-reviewed results only. Some databases, like CINAHL, have an "academic journals" option, which is not the same as a peer-reviewed journal. Journals can be academic but not peer-reviewed. Watch the video on this page to tell the difference.
  • Check the journal's official website. This is a more difficult option, as the information can be deep inside a publisher's website or another site may be masquerading as the official site.
  • Read the masthead of the physical journal in the library, if we have the journal in paper. Check the library catalog to find out.

For more information, read the links below.

Peer Review in 3 Minutes