The easiest and fastest way to find peer-reviewed articles is to search the online library databases, many of which include peer-reviewed journals. To make sure your results come from peer-reviewed (also called "scholarly" or "academic") journals, do the following:
- Read the database description to determine if it features peer-reviewed articles.
- When you search for articles, choose the Advanced Search option. On the search screen, look for a check-box that allows you to limit your results to peer-reviewed only.
- Recommended databases to start with are Academic Search Complete or Academic One File
Quick tips for searching a database
- Keep your search simple. Enter basic terms for each aspect of your topic, such as "energy drinks and health."
- Use the limiting options available on most databases. Common limiters are full-text, date, and source type of "scholarly/peer reviewed articles."
- Evaluate your results. Use the title of the article, the abstract (summary) and the subject terms to determine if the articles are relevant to you.
- To display the full article, click on the PDF icon, the "HTML Full Text," or other full text icon.
- Please contact a librarian if you need any assistance.
Need more help? How to find articles (pdf) For a step by step guide with screenshots.