When deciding which articles to use to support the ideas and arguments in your paper, keep the following criteria in mind:
Adapted from Hanover College Library
Peer review is the process by which scholars critically appraise each other's work. It is intended to ensure a high level of scholarship in a journal and to improve the quality and readability of a manuscript. Peer reviewed and refereed are the same.
How it works
When the manuscript of an article is submitted to a peer-reviewed journal, independent experts are asked to read and comment on the manuscript. If approved by the reviewers, the manuscript is accepted for publication as an article in the journal.
How do you know if a journal article is peer-reviewed? Some databases allow you to limit to peer-reviewed articles; for others, you'll need to need to look up the journal title in Ulrich's.
1. Go to Ulrich's: Click to open Ulrich's.
2. Type the JOURNAL TITLE (not the article title) into the search box, and click the green search button.
3. In the search results, look for a referee jersey icon to indicate that a journal is refereed, which is a synonym for peer-reviewed.
4. Or you can click on a journal to see the full record. If it says Refereed Yes, then you know the journal (and the articles published in it) are refereed/peer-reviewed.
5. The Journal of Infectious Diseases IS peer reviewed.
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