A peer-reviewed article is an article that has undergone an extensive editorial process or formal approval process. The article is thoroughly reviewed by experts in the field of study before it is accepted for publication. The process ensures the article is highly accurate and well-researched. It is sometimes called a refereed journal.
A scholarly article is an article written by someone with academic qualifications or expert knowledge and aimed at a scholarly audience (eg students at an academic institution). It reports on original research findings and include citations.
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Searching for peer-reviewed articles
Peer-reviewed articles can be found by searching through the library catalogue and databases.
There are a number of ways to find out if an article is peer-reviewed or refereed:
These will help expand your understanding of databases and show you how to search effectively.
It is important that you spend some time creating a search strategy before attempting to search a library database.
This will help you formulate a string of search terms that can be combined effectively to enhance your search. So check out the following resources.
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