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SOP3742 / Psychology of Women

Library Research Guide created for Dr. Dionne Patricia Stephens, Ph.D. Updated Summer 2024.



What is a Peer-Reviewed Article?

A peer-reviewed (sometimes called refereed or scholarly) article is:

  • Read, evaluated, and approved for publication by experts in the field. 
  • Considered accurate, reliable, and credible.
  • Reviewed by scholars through an anonymous process; the reviewers don't know who wrote the article, and the authors don't know who reviewed their work.
  • A decision-making process that removes personal bias and favoritism on whether something is published or not.

How do I know if the article I found is peer-reviewed?

  • Many of the library databases have an option to limit searches to peer-reviewed or scholarly publications. Look for a box on the search screen or results page. 
  • In general, book reviews, opinion pieces/editorials, and brief news articles are not peer-reviewed. 
  • Use Ulrich'sweb.