ENVS 242: Hydrology: Peer-reviewed Articles

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How to Find Peer-reviewed Articles

If you just search Google for information on your topic, you will likely not find appropriate peer-reviewed materials.

Instead, try these methods to efficiently search for peer-reviewed articles:

  • Use the list of journals under the tab "Specific Journals" in this guide.
  • Use one of the article databases listed under the tab "Article Databases" in this guide.
  • Look at the references given for a peer-reviewed journal article or technical report.

Peer Reviewed Articles

Scholarly journals are journals that publish peer reviewed articles. A peer reviewed article is one that has been scrutinized by other scholars or experts (peer reviewers) in a field prior to publication. Peer reviewers look to see that an article

  • conforms to accepted standards of a profession
  • makes no unwarranted or irrelevant claims based on the evidence
  • is free from unacceptable interpretations and personal views

How to Recognize a Scholarly Article

Because so much of the information you find is downloaded from the Internet, it is often difficult to figure out if the article you printed or downloaded is a peer-reviewed, scholarly article, and therefore suitable for academic work. Here are some quick ways you can figure out if your article is scholarly:

A. The author is a scholar. Look for a byline or a blurb that identifies the college or university where the author teaches. If no information is given, Google the author to find out.

B. There are extensive footnotes, showing the author's familiarity with and reliance on scholarship in the field.

C. The article is addressed to a knowledgeable audience, rather than to the general public.

Popular, non-peer-reviewed articles are ones that do not undergo academic scrutiny; these kinds of articles are generally found in news magazines like Time and National Geographic.