Finding Health Information: A Path Through the Maze
What is a Peer Reviewed Journal?
One of the main characteristics of scholarly journals is the process of peer review. Research articles under consideration for publication in a scholarly journal are sent to experts in the subject field (peers) for evaluation and comment (review). Journals following this process are sometimes called Refereed Journals.
Examples of Databases with a Peer Reviewed Limit
In these databases:
- Type the words you want to search in the box at the top
- Scroll down to the "Limit your results" section
- Select the "Peer Reviewed" check box
- Click the Search button
The following image is from CINAHL and shows the Peer Reviewed check box below the publication field. The Peer Reviewed check box may be in a slightly different place in the limit section of other databases. Not all databases provide the option to limit a search to peer reviewed articles.
Use Ulrichs to Check Peer Reviewed Status
Search Tip: Be sure to put quotations marks around phrases to make search results more specific.
Select Advanced Search, enter a journal title or subject word(s), click search.
Select Refereed / Peer-reviewed in the Narrow Results option.