Journal articles present original research.
Review articles are slightly different types of journal articles. Instead of presenting new research, they typically provide an overview and synthesis of a research area. They are typically longer and provide more references than articles that present original research.
A peer-reviewed source is an article that has been reviewed by several other experts in the field before being published in order to ensure its quality. This 2-minute video describes the peer review process.
Many databases allow you to specify that you want to search only in “peer-reviewed” or “refereed” sources.
Search online for your journal’s title. Sections like “about this journal” or “editorial policies” generally mention whether the journal is peer-reviewed/refereed.
Use BROWZINE, a web-based journal engagement platform that allows you to find and virtually browse journals.
Take a look at the BROWZINE page for more information.
Most databases provide a description of articles and other resources to help you find what you need by searching through the indexed literature within their website. Included as part of the item record is the “Get it at UC” button. Clicking this button will direct you to a copy of the full text of the article.
If we do not own a journal or book, you can submit an interlibrary loan (ILL) request to have the book or article (e)mailed to you for free from another UC library. Learn more about how to request books or articles.