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What are Peer Reviewed Journals?

Peer reviewed journals, also called scholarly or academic journals, publish original research in a specific field. 

Other scholars (peers) working in similar research areas review the articles before publication. 

How can you tell whether a publication is scholarly or not? Most peer reviewed/scholarly journals share the following traits:

  • Author's credentials and institutional affiliation (where they work) listed
  • Formal structure, often includings sections such as abstract, literature review, and bibliography
  • Citations to other peer-reviewed publications

Examples of peer-reviewed publications:

Ask a librarian if you are unsure whether a source is peer-reviewed.

Key Article Databases in History

Other Article Databases in History


Linking to Full Text Articles

Watch this video to learn how to locate full-text articles from a database citation.