What are peer-reviewed articles?
How to find such articles in the library databases?
STEP 1: Use the check box while searching the databases to peer-reviewed publications.
Sometimes this option is under Advanced Search or Advanced.
STEP 2: Check if articles fit five or more of the following criteria:
NOTE: No newspaper articles. No book reviews, editorials, letters to the editor and similar articles, even when obtained from scholarly and/or peer-reviewed publications.
You don't need to use any special search techniques with Library Search, but you can get more accurate results with these tips:
1. Narrow your search terms as much as you can. For example: a search on psychology will get too many hits. Narrow your search to a topic within psychology, such as searching dementia or Alzheimer's disease.
2. Narrow your results. Notice the left side of the page has many choices. You can narrow your results by topic, date, or other criteria.
3. Use quotation marks. To search for a phrase, put quotation marks around it, for example: "global warming."
4. Use wildcard characters. To search for a single character within a word, use a question mark, for example: wom?n to search for women or woman. An asterisk will pick up multiple endings, such as using cultur* to search for culture, cultures, or cultural.
5. Use Advanced Search. The Advanced Search has additional options that might make it easier for you to find the resources you are looking for.
6. Use correct spelling. For example: a search on Alzhimers will result in a message saying "Results may also be available for: Alzheimer'" and suggest the correct spelling. If your spelling is too different from the correct spelling, you will not get the results you expect.
If the results are not giving you what you need, contact a librarian.