Peer-Review Process

Problem: How can I tell if this article is from a peer-reviewed source?

Strategy: If you need to be certain that a journal is peer-reviewed, or “refereed,” use our database tools.


  • You may need to do a web search for the journal title to see what the publisher says about the journal. OR
  • Our library also subscribes to a database about journals. Search for the journal title in Ulrichsweb to learn about it. OR
  • The easiest way is to utilize the feature in some library databases where each journal title is a link, taking you to more details about the publication.
  • Ebsco Example:
    ProQuest Example:

Now you know:

"A process by which a scholarly work (sucah as a paper or a research proposal) is checked by a group of experts in the same field to make sure it meetst he necessary standards before it is published or accepted." Merriam Webster Online Dictionary

This web page was created by Jasmine Cieszynski, Instructional Services, on 8/01/2014. The content of the page was updated on 1/8/2019.