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Answered By: Lisa Adriani
Last Updated: Feb 23, 2015     Views: 18

Some databases such as CINAHL and ProQuest will give you the option to limit search results to peer review articles. Look for the option to limit to a review article on a databases search page.

Most journals in PubMed are peer reviewed.

Also, you can check the website a of journal to see if it's editorial policy includes peer review. You can always check with a librarian or professor if you are unsure.

There are some items that are never considered peer reviewed even if they are published inside a journal that uses a peer review process. Those items include:
  • Letters to the editor
  • Opinion articles
  • Book reviews/Product reviews

Additionally, you can look up the journal in Ulrichsweb:

  1. On the Library homepage, click on Journals.
  2. In the search box, type in the name of the journal (not the article title). 
  3. Click on the link “Title details from ulrichsweb.com” to the right of the journal name below and then again in the journals listing.  Information about the journal (or any type of publication such as a magazine, trade publication, or newspaper) will be given.
  4. If the information from Ulrichsweb includes “Refereed  Yes”  then it is a peer-reviewed, academic journal.

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