What are scholarly, peer-reviewed articles and where do I find them?
Scholarly articles or journals can be referred to as peer-reviewed, refereed, authoritative or academic.
Scholarly or peer-reviewed articles are reviewed by other scholars or professionals in the field before being accepted for publication. The peer-review process ensures that only valid, accurate, and quality research that contributes to the body of knowledge in a field is published.
Peer-reviewed or scholarly publications are produced specifically for academics, scholars and professionals.
A peer-reviewed article will usually:
- be written in academic language
- have authors with academic credentials
- have an abstract
- have an extensive list of references.
You can find scholarly and peer-reviewed articles by searching the SAE library catalogue or various library databases. To limit results to peer-reviewed articles while searching the library catalogue, select the Peer-Reviewed filter on the left-hand side of the Library catalogue results screen.
Some databases such as JSTOR contain scholarly journals only. Others have a mix of scholarly journals, popular magazines, trade publications and other material. In databases such as ProQuest Arts Premium or Gale, you can limit your search to scholarly peer-reviewed articles.
If you need help identifying scholarly articles, ask a Librarian for help!