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Tips for Finding Peer Reviewed Articles

Your best bets for finding peer reviewed articles, plus step by step tips to save you time and get the sources you need.

What is a Peer Reviewed Article?

Peer reviewed articles are found in academic or scholarly journals. They are written by scholars and experts, but there is an extra step before publication: Other equally qualified scholars and experts review each article for accuracy and significance before it can be published in a peer reviewed journal.

Because of this more rigorous process, a peer reviewed article is considered to have the most value, even more than other scholarly articles.

Example of a Peer Reviewed Article

Peer Reviewed Article

Extracted from Alexander Hamilton and the Sedition Act: A Founder's Ambivalence on Freedom of the Press. (Must be on campus or have a COM account to view the entire article).

Gale Academic OneFile

Get peer reviewed articles in Gale ‚ÄčAcademic OneFile. Here's how:

  1. Perform a search on your topic. 
  2. Under Filter Your Results, select Peer-Reviewed Journals.
  3. All your results will now be peer reviewed.


All the articles in JSTOR are not only scholarly, but peer reviewed so you can search as you normally would. JSTOR does include content other than articles, such as primary sources, images reports and open content in the results, however, that are not peer reviewed. To take these out your results: 

  1. Under Refine Results, find Academic Content
  2. Select Journals 
  3. You should be left with peer reviewed content. 


Get peer reviewed articles in ProQuest. Here's how:

  1. Perform a search on your topic. 
  2. Select the Peer Reviewed option directly under the search box, or in the Narrow results column.
  3. All your results will now be peer reviewed.