These databases offer access to a variety of journal, magazine and newspaper articles. If you are off campus, you will need to logon.
What is Peer-Review?
Academic journals often require peer review for new articles. What this means is that when an article is submitted to a journal, it has to go through a process where other experts in the same field read it and decide whether or not it's a good article. That decision depends on questions like:
- Is it well-researched?
- Are the methods consistently applied?
- Are the basic principles of the article accurate according to the reviewer's knowledge of the subject?
- Is the article as neutral as possible, or does the author seem to personally prefer one conclusion over another?
This is important because peer review is a quality-control process, which tries to ensure that only strong articles which are accurate, well-researched, and consistent are published. Peer-reviewed articles can also be called scholarly articles because they're very high-quality works that are appropriate for use by scholars (like you!) in their academic research.
You can find peer-reviewed articles in most of our e-journal databases. When you search for articles, you will usually see a little box under the search box that says something like "Scholarly journals, including peer-reviewed" (in ProQuest Research Library) or "Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Journals" (in Ebscohost: Academic Search Premier). The database will let you check that box so that only high-quality articles appear in your search results. You may need to hunt around for that little box if you're not familiar with the database you're using, but it's always worth the effort!