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Is your Journal "Peer Reviewed" or "Refereed"?

How can I be sure my journal article is scholarly?

Many databases offer the option to search for "peer-reviewed" journal articles - those are academic articles reviewed by the authors' peers for accuracy during the editing and publishing process.

If you are using a database that does not have this filter option, or if you find an article citation somewhere else, you can check if the article was published in a "peer-reviewed" journal or magazine by using Ulrichsweb.

  1. Search for your journal or magazine by title
  2. Look for a little black and white striped referee jersey icon next to its name Referee jersey icon from Ulrichsweb serials directory 
  3. The Content Type will say "Academic/Scholarly"

Ulrichsweb screen shot of journal entry

How to Read a Scholarly Article (Video Tutorial)

Check out this short video from Western University on how to read a scholarly article.

Evaluating Your Sources (Video Tutorial)

Check out this short video from UNC Libraries on how to evaluate your sources of information.

Evaluating with 6 Question Words Infographic

Thanks to IUPUI University Library for allowing reuse of this graphic under a Creative Commons license.

Evaluating Information Infographic

Long description of "Evaluating Information" for web accessibility

The SIFT Method: Evaluate Information in a Digital World (Infographic)

For more on the SIFT Method, check out this blog post from Mike Caulfield, Director of Blended and Networked Learning at Washington State University Vancouver:

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