Peer Review is a critical part of evaluating information. It is a process that journals use to ensure the articles they publish represent the best scholarship currently available, and articles from peer reviewed journal are often grounded in empirical research. When an article is submitted to a peer reviewed journal, the editors send it out to other scholars in the same field (the author's peers) to get their assessment of the quality of the scholarship, its relevance to the field, its appropriateness for the journal, etc. Sometimes, you'll see this referred to as "refereed."
Publications that don't use peer review (Time, Cosmo, Salon) rely on an editor to determine the value of an article. Their goal is mainly to educate or entertain the general public, not to support scholarly research.
Most library databases will have a search feature that allows you to limit your results to peer reviewed or scholarly sources.
If you can't tell whether or not a journal is peer-reviewed, check Ulrichsweb.
Use the criteria below to help you evaluate a source. As you do, remember:
Criteria to consider:
Usually, when we talk about scholarly articles, we're talking about articles that are peer reviewed. These articles are written by experts in a particular field and vetted by other experts to ensure that an article is of appropriate scholarly quality.
Look to see if the article has:
To search for scholarly articles, you will want to use the databases available through UT Libraries. A few of the databases most relevant for health education are included on the Literature Reviews page. These databases allow you to limit your search to only peer-reviewed articles.
Who grants authority?
What to look for in determining authority
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