Answered By: Kevin Pischke
Last Updated: Jun 25, 2015     Views: 5

Peer review is a way for academic publishers to ensure that the articles they publish meet the high standards of the scholarly community. Peer review simply means that experts on the article's topic accepted the article as quality scholarship based on content, argument, and method. Articles that have been peer reviewed are more likely to be well researched, use sound logic, and represent a consensus view of the scholars in the field. Most of the databases we subscribe to will have an option in the advanced search settings that will allow you to limit your search results to only "peer reviewed" articles. A few of the databases use the terms "academic" or "scholarly" instead of "peer review"; it means the same thing. Ask library staff if you have any questions.