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 situated under the banner at the top of this page. 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, you can limit your search to scholarly peer-reviewed articles.

If you need help identifying scholarly articles, ask a Librarian for help!

  • Last Updated May 18, 2022
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  • Answered By Casey Howe

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