Is This Journal Article Scholarly or Peer Reviewed

Scholarly articles are written by researchers and intended for an audience of other researchers. Scholarly writers may assume that the reader already has some understanding of the topic and its vocabulary.

If you are required to use only scholarly and peer reviewed sources, you will need to limit your search accordingly. When searching in databases or OneSearch, check a limiter that says Scholarly and/or Peer Reviewed, if one is available.

If you need further confirmation of whether an article comes from a peer reviewed journal, you can follow one of the procedures below.

Search for a journal title in the library’s Journals list. Titles that are peer reviewed will have a small graduation cap icon and the words Peer Reviewed under the title.


If you don’t find a journal in the list as described above, you can consult the UlrichsWeb database. It includes information on journals that are not owned by the University, so you might want to check a journal title there before you make an Interlibrary Loan request. When you search for a journal title in the database, you will see a small black and white referee icon. This indicates that the journal is peer reviewed. You can also check the journal publisher's website. It should indicate whether articles go through a peer review process on a page that contains instructions for authors. 

Note: many scholarly journals are also peer reviewedbut not all of them areIn addition, an article can be from a peer reviewed journal and not actually be peer reviewed. Components such as editorials, news items, and book reviews do not go through the same review process.