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How to Identify Peer Reviewed Journals

If you're searching for articles in certain databases, you can limit your search to peer-reviewed sources simply by selecting a tab or checking a box on the search screen.

If you have an article, an indication that it has been through the peer review process will be the publication history, usually at the beginning or end of the article.

If you're looking at the journal itself, go to the editorial statement or instructions to authors (usually in the first few pages of the journal or at the end) for references to the peer-review process.

Careful! Not all information in a peer-reviewed journal is actually reviewed. Editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews, and other types of information don't count as articles, and may not be accepted by your professor.

Citation Format

Transactions of the American Fisheries Society

 

Use the citation format from the American Fisheries Society. Here's an example for a journal article:

 

Luo, Z., G. Gu and A.C. Wright. 2015. Distribution and characterization of Salmonella enterica isolates from irrigation ponds in the southeastern United States. Applied and Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology 81(13):4376–4387.

For more examples, see the Transactions of the American Fisheries Society Guide for Authors. Reference formats begin on page 321 of the copy linked below (this is also on your VikingWeb course page).

Other Guides

Find Peer Reviewed Resources on Biology Topics: Best Bet

Go to the Library web page, select the Articles tab, enter your topic in the search box and GO!  

Use quotation marks to search by phrases, including scientific names.
Refine search results by checking peer reviewed -- add other limits such as year or languge.
Sort by date, author, title, or relevance.
Articles available electronically will usually (but not always!) have a View Now button.
Click on the article title to see more detail, including a summary or abstract and print/cite/email options.
Use the Request Item Through Interlibrary Loan button to get articles that are not part of Memorial Library's collection.

Remember, the article search is very broad - if the search results seem overwhelming, limit or narrow your search, or try a database limited to a particular discipline (see the list below). 

Other Good Sources for Finding Peer Reviewed Resources

To Find Older Articles, Try

Other Techniques

► Use the bibliography/reference list of articles & other sources you find. ► Check relevant articles in Web of Science or Google Scholar to see if they've been cited by other authorsLook for review articles on your topic. Call or email me to make an appointment for a research consultation!

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Reference Management Tools

Other Techniques

► Use the bibliography/reference list of articles & other sources you find. ► Check relevant articles in Google Scholar to see if they've been cited by other authorsCall or email me to make an appointment for a research consultation!