Search for the option to limit to peer-reviewed journals in our catalog or select databases. Below are examples.

Limit to peer-reviewed on the search page

Example from ProQuest database

  • Enter your search terms into the search boxes.
  • Locate the Limit to option and sect Peer reviewed.
  • After choosing your limiters, select Search.

Narrow or refine your search results

When you're searching the online catalog or databases, there may be an option to narrow or filter your results to peer-reviewed journals. Here are a couple of examples:

Example from a Catalog search:

  1. Locate Refine my results on the left-hand side of the page.
  2. Scroll down to Availability and select Peer-reviewed Journals.
  3. Select APPLY FILTERS.

Example from the search results page of an EBSCOhost sub-database:

  1. Find the Refine Results section on the left-hand side of the page.
  2. Scroll down to the Limit To section and select Peer Reviewed.

Not sure if your article is peer-reviewed?

  • Using the search bar on our Homepage, you can search for the title of the article or do a journal search. For peer-reviewed journals, you will most often find the same purple icon of someone reading a book with the words PEER REVIEWED next to it under the item description.
  • You also have the option to select Journal List, located under Quick Links on the left-hand side of our Homepage. Use the search bar at the top to search for a specific journal. You can also browse journals by category and subcategories (located on the left-hand side).
    • Note: The Journal List also includes titles from trade journals and popular magazines.
  • If you're still unsure, select the journal title from the search page to link to the journal record. For many journals, you can scan the publication details. Next to the words Peer Reviewed:, a Yes or No will indicate whether a journal is peer-reviewed.
  • Scan the article. You may find a Received date and Accepted date on research articles. This shows that it has gone through a review process.
  • Do an online search for the journal's web site. Read the "About" section or look for information about the process of submitting articles for publication where it may talk about a peer-review process.
  • Have an electronic copy or viewing a web site? Look to see if the journal title is hyperlinked, which often takes you to the journal's homepage.

Things to note

  • Not all content in a peer-reviewed journal may be peer-reviewed, such as editorials or comments.
  • Although all peer-reviewed articles are scholarly, most but not all scholarly articles are peer-reviewed.

For help finding or identifying peer-reviewed articles, contact us through our Ask a Librarian chat service or email


  • Last Updated:Last Updated: Dec 10, 2020
  • Views: 1 FAQ Views
  • Answered By: Fil Gruenewald