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Human & Organizational Learning

A guide for GW graduate students in the Human & Organizational Learning (HOL) and Executive Leadership Program (ELP)

Database Searching for Peer-Reviewed Articles

Articles from peer-reviewed journals are included in many library databases, including ERIC and Education Source.

You can limit your search results to articles from only peer-reviewed journals by selecting the "Peer-reviewed Journals" option in the "Refine Your Results" column on the left of the page. 

 

Question: How can I determine if an article is from a peer-reviewed journal?

There are two basic ways to find out if a journal contains articles that are peer reviewed:

1) Google the name of the journal to get to the publisher's webpage. Look for a section on the page "about this journal". If it is a peer-reviewed publication, it will proudly advertise itself as such. 

2) There is also a library database that supplies this information called "Ulrich's." Use this link to get there. Alternatively, you can access it on the library's website by navigating to "Databases" on the homepage > A-Z Database List > "U" tab and then scroll down to find "ulrichsweb.com (Ulrich's Periodicals Directory)."

Something to think about: A journal can be peer-reviewed and still contain individual articles that are NOT peer-reviewed. For example, editorials and book reviews are pieces that are not peer-reviewed.

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