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Finding Peer Reviewed Articles: Databases That Can Determine Peer-Review

This guide will walk you through how to find peer reviewed articles.

Determine if Articles are Peer-Reviewed

View a short video on how to tell if a journal is peer-reviewed. 

Using Ulrich's to Determine Scholarly Articles


  1. From the library home page, click Articles and Databases below Find
    Find section on Library home page
  2. In the alphabetic list, click U to access Ulrich's Directory.
    Alphabet list located to the right of the database search bar
  3. Scroll and click Ulrich's Periodical Directory.
    See above info
  4. The search box is located in the middle of your screen. For best results, click the Advanced Search link under the search box. Enter the title of the magazine or journal in the search box and click Search.
    See above info
  5. Locate the journal you are looking for in the list, if more than one title is listed. If the journal is peer-reviewed, you will see a peer-review icon, which is supposed to be a referee's shirt. This indicates the journal is peer-reviewed.
    Item of list of resources, Referee shirt icon
  6. For more information, click the title you are looking for. On the following page, you will see a list of criteria about the journal. Look for Content Type and see if this shows Academic/Scholarly and see if there is a line that states Referred - Yes. This designated that the journal is peer-reviewed.
    Content type in left column near the bottom of the box, Refereed found in right column towards the middle of the box
  7. Non peer-reviewed or scholarly journals

If a journal or magazine is not peer-reviewed, you will see the Content Type listed as Newspapers/Trade, Directory, etc.