Peer-Reviewed Articles


Peer-reviewed articles are subject to a rigorous editorial process involving review by expert scholars working in the same subject area. Prior to publication of an article, these reviewers often provide feedback and suggest revisions to improve the quality of articles, including posing questions about procedures or claims made. Ultimately, these reviewers recommend acceptance or rejection of articles they review. In general, the peer review process aims to produce articles of high research quality.



Evaluating Search Results

For each of the items that appears in your search results, brief information about the source will be presented, including an abstract/summary, title, author, date of publication, etc. Consider the following to help you decide which items to review in more detail:


Relevance: look at the title of the source. Does it appear to be on topic?

Format: is the source in the format you need? Is it a book? A scholarly or peer-reviewed article? Many databases provide options that allow you to limit to a particular format.  

Year of publication: what is the date of publication? Is it important to have the most current information? Do you need information from a particular historical period? Many databases provide the option to sort your results by date or to limit results to particular years.

If you are unsure about what formats are appropriate, see the Books, Journals, and More module. To help you evaluate individual items you have considered in more detail, review the PARCA Test located under Resources. Click on the buttons below for strategies to improve your search.