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  • Peer-Reviewed Sources: Start Here

    What are peer-reviewed sources?

    Peer-reviewed sources are original research projects that scientists and researchers share and publish. These sources go through an extensive -- and often long -- evaluation process by:

    1. Fellow subject matter experts; and
    2. Journal editors

    before they are published. You can access peer-reviewed sources through academic databases like EBSCOhost, JSTOR, and ProQuest. Google Scholar is another place to find peer-reviewed sources

    Peer-reviewed sources include, but are not limited to:

    • Academic (scholarly) journal articles
    • eBooks
    • Book chapters

    Is there a difference between peer-reviewed and scholarly sources?

    It depends on the source's situation. Peer-reviewed sources are considered scholarly, but not all scholarly sources are considered peer-reviewed

    Scholarly Sources - Publications centered on sharing original research and its results within a subject discipline. These sources do not go through an extensive review process as peer-reviewed sources do, sometimes only getting approval for publication by an editorial board.

    Peer-Reviewed Sources - They are the same type of publication as Scholarly Sources; however, they go through an extensive review process before they are published.