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What are peer-reviewed journals?

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Peer-review is similar to art critiques (crits) used in studio-based learning.  Before any work of art or design is completed, it is evaluated by one’s peers in the studio.  Similarly, before an article is published, it must be read and approved by a board of scholars who decide whether it is should be included in a scholarly journal or whether changes are needed before it is published. There are two basic ways to search for peer-reviewed articles:

  1. select "More Search Options" from Summon Search, then select "Show only -- Peer reviewed publications"

  2. choose a Journal Article database, then read through the description of each to identify whether:

For more information, see the Finding Articles Guide