Q. How do I find scholarly, peer-reviewed articles?

What is a scholarly or peer-reviewed article? I need to find one!


When you search for an article in OneSearch or a library database, you often have the option to select a filter for "scholarly journal" or "peer reviewed."

Screenshot of OneSearch and Peer-reviewed/scholarly filter highlighted.


What does "peer-reviewed" or "scholarly" or "refereed" mean?

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Scholarly books and journals are used by faculty, researchers, and students to support an argument and contribute to a scholarly conversation.

Scholarly sources:

  • are written for an academic audience
  • tend to be more in-depth and well-researched than a news or magazine article
  • often include original research or theoretical exploration, and include methodology, results, and recommendations for further research

Articles published in peer-reviewed journals undergo an in-depth review process by a panel of experts in the specific subject area before publication. The strict review and publication guidelines bring a high level of credibility to the author's research, which is one reason why professor might require you to use them in academic writing.

Because of the rigorous review involved in researching and writing to the standards necessary for publication in these kinds of journals, professors often prefer these articles as source material for your research assignments.

How do I know if something is a scholarly, peer-reviewed article? (Infographic) 

If you find a journal article and you're not sure if it's peer-reviewed, CSUDH offers Ulrichsweb, an online directory of serials/periodicals/journals. You can use this resource to check the status of a journal title.

Search for a journal title in this database. For example, I want to check that the "Journal of Occupational Science" is really peer-reviewed. If it's peer-reviewed, it will be marked "Refereed" with this symbol:

screen shot of ulrichs web showing icon for 'refereed'

Great! This is a peer-reviewed journal.

You can also ask your professor or a librarian for assistance; we're here to help!

  • Last Updated Aug 15, 2019
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