What is peer-review?
The peer-review process subjects an author's scholarly work, research, or ideas to the scrutiny of others who are experts in the same field (peers) and is considered necessary to ensure academic scientific quality. Articles, journals, reports, books, and other content can be considered peer review. Prior to publication, a material is submitted and must be reviewed by at least one expert in the field. The reviewer evaluates the research presented in the material. The scholarly work that passes the peer-review process is then published; the scholarly work that does not pass the peer review process will not be published as peer-reviewed. Dissertations are NOT peer-reviewed.
How do you I know if a journal is peer-reviewed ?
1. If you have a paper version of the journal you can look on the inside front cover to see if there is information regarding peer-review.
2. Many times an editorial board will be listed on the inside front cover
3. If you are using a database and only have an electronic version of an article you can still verify if the journal is peer-reviewed.
4. Many of the CUC resources held in EBSCO are peer-reviewed and accessible to all CUC members.
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Remember: You can always request resources that are not full text!