Answered By: Ken Fujiuchi
Last Updated: Jul 31, 2014     Views: 84

The terms peer reviewed or refereed are often used when discussing scholarly journals.  Peer reviewed journals publish articles that have undergone a process of review prior to their publication to help ensure that the articles reflect solid scholarship in the field.  Articles are reviewed by scholars and experts with an educational or professional background similar to the author.  This results in quality information that has a high level of credibility and reliability.  While not all scholarly journals go through the peer review process, it is usually safe to assume that a peer reviewed journal is scholarly.  

With so many journals now available online through the library's databases, it can sometimes be difficult to differentiate between popular and scholarly sources.  Some databases, including the library's Summon discovery service, will allow you to limit your search to peer reviewed or refereed articles.  Use this limit option if you want to locate scholarly articles.  If you are unsure if a specific journal is peer reviewed, you can verify the type of journal by using Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory, available through the library’s online listing of databases.