How can I tell if an article is scholarly or peer reviewed?

The library’s resources are specifically designed to provide you access to some of the most reliable sources out there. But that doesn’t mean everything you come across is peer-reviewed! Always make sure to check out the source–if it’s from a newspaper or a magazine, then it’s definitely not scholarly or peer-reviewed! But if it’s from a journal, has an expert author(s) and contains footnotes or works cited, then there’s a good bet it’s scholarly! A handy short cut in the library databases is to limit your searches to only peer-reviewed results, then it’s basically guaranteed!

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If you’re ever in doubt, you can always ask a librarian or your instructor!

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