Answered By: Sarah Mailloux
Last Updated: Oct 22, 2015     Views: 43


Browse the print magazines and journals near the reference area. Look for titles that contain the word "journal". e.g. The Journal of Modern History

The presence of several of the following traits often indicates that an article is peer-reviewed: 

  • A lot of citations: these may appear in-text, and/or as footnotes, endnotes, works cited, reference list, bibliography
  • An Abstract (brief description/summary of the article)
  • The organization of the article into discrete sections such as Methodology, Results, and Conclusion
  • Charts, tables, or graphs
  • Complex, formal language that is specific to the field
  • Notes indicating when article was submitted and when it was accepted

If you want to be certain that a particular journal is peer-reviewed, you can explore the homepage of the journal on the Internet. Journal homepages will often announce that their particular journal is peer-reviewed.

You can also check the database Ulrichs. Their term for peer-reviewed is "refereed".

Still uncertain? Make an appointment with a librarian. To schedule an appointment please contact the Reference Desk or at 307.268.2275. 

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