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CMP 200 - McClure: Peer-Reviewed Sources

Guide prepared to accompany Dr. McClure's CMP 200 project on salons.

Searching for Scholarly Peer Reviewed Sources

On the Library Homepage, in the Search Box near the top, use the tab called Scholarly Peer-Reviewed Journals


This searches almost all the library databases, but has a filter set to list only Peer-Reviewed materials.

Popular magazines vs. Scholarly (Peer-reviewed) journals

Here are some broad guidelines to determine if your article is scholarly or not.  There is NOT an exact definition for scholarly journals.

Is it a "Scholarly" or "Peer-Reviewed" (same thing) article?  Look for an article that:

  1. --contains actual research studies or critiques actual research studies.

  2. --lists the authors of the article, and their credentials and current job will be listed in a footnote or at the end of the article.

  3. --often published by a professional organization.

  4. --edited and checked by a named editorial board of experts that consists of experts in the field (peer-reviewed).

  5. --if you have the PDF, the page will contain only text, with tables and charts, and no commercial graphics or advertisements on the pages.

  6. --has an abstract on the first page and a substantial bibliography at the end.

  7. --is longer and written in the technical language of people who work in that field.

Magazines are the opposite, a magazine article:

  1. --might not discuss research at all, just states facts or opinions

  2. --often there is no specific author -- unsigned.

  3. --is published by a commercial publisher.

  4. --proof-read by an editor who works for the publisher.

  5. --If you use the PDF file, there will be prominent advertisements throughout the page.

  6. --has few, if any references in a list at the end of the article.

  7. --has short articles written in non-technical language for a general audience.