Articles in peer-reviewed journals are reviewed by a group of the writer's peers (other academics in that field) before the articles are published. Basically, an article is peer reviewed if it comes from a peer-reviewed journal.
This is important as your instructors may ask you to use peer-reviewed journals.
Ulrich's Directory allows you to check if the journal in which an article is published is peer reviewed.
How do you know if an article is from a peer-reviewed journal? Some databases allow you to limit your search to peer-reviewed journals. For other databases, you need to look up the title of the journal in Ulrich's Directory.
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. Refereed means the same as peer reviewed.
4. The Journal of Infectious Diseases IS peer reviewed.
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