Answered By: Sarah Reando
Last Updated: Feb 15, 2017     Views: 2333

Peer reviewed journals go through a process in which experts in the field (the author's peers) verify that the information and research methods are up to standards. Newspapers and magazines do not go through this process. Your instructor may require sources to be peer reviewed in order to guarantee the quality of the research that you are using.

In order to know if an article is peer reviewed, you must look at the journal rather than the article. In an Ebsco database, you will look at the detailed record of the article (you will see this when you click on the title of a search result). Then click on the Source (the name of the publication:


You will then see information about the specific journal. The last item on the list will be a simple yes or no to your question: 

Other databases may provide the same information using different words or visual cues. If you are still not sure, look for works cited or reference pages at the end of each article, look to see if you know who the authors are and what their credentials are. And if you are still unsure, please give us a call, chat with us, or send us an email and a Research Librarian can help you.