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Education - Research Approaches and Materials

For all education students - Introduction to how to find educational research, teaching materials and key Alberta Education resources

Scholarly vs Popular Journals

What does a peer-reviewed article look like?

Don't trust technology to identify peer-reviewed journals for you. This video does an excellent job explaining what you need to look for to judge for yourselves.

Created  by the Peabody Library at Vanderbilt University.

Is the journal peer-reviewed?

You may still want to double-check that the journal requires peer-review of its submissions.  There are two ways of doing this:

  1. Search for the journal title in UlrichsWeb to determine whether or not it is peer-reviewed. An icon that looks like a striped referee’s jersey, indicates that the journal is peer-reviewed (or refereed).
  2. Search the journal title in Google. The journal website should indicate whether submissions are sent out for peer-review (look for something like 'instructions for authors' or 'submission information')

HOWEVER, a journal might publish some content that is peer-reviewed, and other content that is not.  So you still need to use your knowledge about the attributes of a peer-reviewed article.