Answered By: Margaret Vaverek
Last Updated: Feb 22, 2017     Views: 143

Peer-reviewed articles are a type of scholarly article.  A panel of experts (or 'peers') in the discipline has reviewed the article for correct methodology and contribution to the field of study.  Peer-review adds an additional level of quality control to the publication process. 

To find out if an article is considered peer-reviewed, check the Ulrich's database by doing a search for the title of the journal.  If a journal is peer-reviewed, the Ulrich's database will say it is 'Refereed' (another term for peer-reviewed).   

Serials Directory is another database that has whether or not a journal is peer-reviewed.

Many, but not all, of the research databases have a checkbox to limit the results to articles published in scholary/academic as well as peer-reviewed journals.  However, if a database only has a "Scholarly" or Academic limiter/filter, keep in mind that refereed/peer-reviewed journals are a subset of scholarly journals.  In other words, not all scholarly journals are refereed/peer-reviewed.