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Peer Reviewed Articles

What are Peer Reviewed Articles?

  • Also called scholarly, academic or refereed articles.
  • Written by academics for an academic audience.
  • Have gone through a quality control process called Peer Review. Experts in the field have agreed that the methodology, arguments etc. are sound.
  • In many academic fields journal articles are the preferred means of publication.
  • Journal articles are about the length of a book chapter and usually contain accounts of research or analysis written by one or more authors.
  • Most articles are part of a journal but when (as they usually are) they are accessed through databases they appear to exist on their own.

Many kinds of peer review or scolarly artlicles but three main approaches are common:

  • Original articles present the results of research (in the form of empirical studies) for the first time.
  • Review articles are critical evaluations of other published studies.
  • Theoretical articles develop new theories from already existing research.

Why do I need to use them?

  • Most recent and relevant reports of academic research and inquiry.
  • You are required to use them in academic research.
  • Will give you references that will allow you to find other academic research on your subject.

How do I find them?

  • FindIt@Flinders - article search and limit to peer review
  • Library research databases - some are peer reviewed e.g. JSTOR some allow you to limit to peer review.
  • Ulrich's Global Directory (Ulrich's Web) - see Search Smart page for more information
  • Google Scholar


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