Peer Review: Journal Articles


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Time needed to complete this module: 10 minutes

If you've ever had an assignment that required you to use peer-reviewed articles, you might have wondered what they are and why your instuctors and librarians seem to love them so much. Finding peer-reviewed sources is about more than just checking a box in a library database to fulfill your assignment requirements, and in this lesson we'll talk about this category of sources in more depth so that you can feel confident when searching for them. 

Learning Objectives

By the time you complete this lesson, you should be able to:

  • identify the characteristics of peer-reviewed articles
  • describe the basic peer-review process for many scholarly journals
  • identify some scenarios in which peer-reviewed articles are the most appropriate sources to use

Please watch a short video from North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries that does a great job explaining the basics of peer-reviewed journal articles. 

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