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Family Studies 362: Journals

Helpful links and search tips for FSID 362 - Family and Social Policy

What is a peer reviewed journal?

Peer-reviewed journals (also called "scholarly" or "academic" journals) contain original research articles within a specific subject domain.

These articles are reviewed by other experts before publication and share many or all of these qualities:

  • List authors' names, email addresses, and affiliations (e.g. Univ. of Nebraska-Kearney)
  • Use section headers (these may vary): Abstract, Introduction, Literature Review, Methodology, Results, Discussion, Conclusion
  • Include tables or figures of statistical data
  • Cite references to other quality sources

Here are two examples:

NOTE: Some peer-reviewed journals will include literature reviews, book reviews, and opinion essays. None of these present original research however!

This table summarizes the differences between peer-reviewed journals and other periodicals, but please ask a librarian if you have further questions!

IN-CLASS PRACTICE: Is it peer-reviewed?

Based on the criteria listed above, which of the following articles would qualify as peer-reviewed research?

  1. "How Preschool Fights Poverty"
  2. "Dignity and Dreams"
  3. "Getting to Alignment of Good Practice and Financing of Child Welfare"
  4. "Welfare Reform and Reducing Teen Pregnancy"

Journal Finder

Know the title of the journal, magazine, or newspaper you're looking for? Use this search form to locate these online or in print through the UNK Library.

Example: Journal of Social Issues

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Linking to Full Text Articles

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