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UGS 303 - Language & Communication Across Species - Quinto-Pozos

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Review articles versus Research Articles

Review articles are an attempt by one or more writers to sum up the current state of the research on a particular topic. Ideally, the writer searches for everything relevant to the topic, and then sorts it all out into a coherent view of the “state of the art” as it now stands.  Review articles do not report the result of one particular study.   

Research articles report the results of a particular study.  They include a methods section that outlines how they did their study and a results section to report the outcomes.



Is it Peer-Reviewed?

You have a few options to see if something is peer-reviewed.

1.  Check Ulrichsweb.

  1. access the database
  2. type in the title of the journal
  3. peer-reviewed journals will have a referee jersey ("refereed" is another term for "peer-reviewed") - example below

2. In many databases, you can click on the title of the journal and it will take you to a page describing that journal and linking you to the publishers' site where you can find out the publication process.


The articles were all found in the library database Academic Search Complete.

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