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How do I search for Peer Reviewed (Refereed) Articles?

Last Updated: May 06, 2014  |  8530 Views

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Some of our databases have filters for peer reviewed articles. Below are some examples of the appearance and the use of these filters in three of our major products. Many of our other databases have filters for peer reviewed sources as well. 

1.  OneSearch from the Library Home page: 

Do a search in OneSearch.

Onsearch box on Homepage

 On the results list, click on the "Scholary Only" checkbox in the left column:

Scholarly Only Checked

You will see a "Peer Reviewed" notation near each item which would confirm its status.

screen shot from the results of a quicksearch

2.  Proquest Databases  (click here to go to a search of all of our proquest products)

With the different Proquest products, you might see a check box near the search window:

Proquest peer reviewed filter

or after you do your search, you might have to look on the right hand side of the search results page and see if their are filters for "peer reviewed" or "scholarly".

Some of the products do not have the filter at all.

screenshot from Proquest

3.  Ebscohost Databases

There may be a check box on the search page that looks like either of these:

screenshot form Ebscohost

screenshot from Ebscohost


You may have to scroll down quite a ways to see it. The check box could be in the left column or the right column. 
Some of the Ebsco products do not have the filter at all.
We subscribe to about 40 different Ebsco products, and there is no link to a search device that searches all of them at once.  Here are links to some of the more popular ones that have peer reviewed filters:

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