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SOC106 - Introduction to Sociology - Smith: Peer Reviewed Journals

Finding Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

SNAP Search

When searching library databases for articles, you can usually limit your results to peer-reviewed journals by using the Advanced Search and selecting "peer-reviewed", "academic", or "scholarly". Each database is slightly different, look for limiters using these words to narrow your results and save you time. See some examples of what to look for below.

peer review limiter     


advance search screen

advanced search in Gale

academic journals

Access to many of the database links on this guide requires NSCC authentication - users must sign in with their NSCC Pipeline username & password

If you want to place any library materials on hold, request a book from another library, or check out any physical library materials out you will need to have your NSCC ID card.

Stop by the Student Life Office in Danvers (DB 132) or Lynn (LW 171) with a current class schedule and a picture ID to get an NSCC ID.

Identifying Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Scholarly, Academic or Peer-Reviewed journals are important sources of quality information within a given field. Each field of study or profession has its own set of academic journals. It is in these journals that scholars and experts share research findings with each other. The articles are written by scholars, experts, researcher or academics and the author(s) is(are) always stated. The authors are not employed by the journal, they usually work at a college or university, research lab, or in the field. 
Peer-reviewed articles are judged by a panel of experts before they are published. These are quality sources which usually contain bibliographic references and original research.

Peer-reviewed journals:

  • Contain articles and research by scholars and experts in a specific discipline or field
  • Articles are usually based on original research
  • Contain author’s credentials
  • Cite sources
  • Very little, or no, advertising
  • Longer and more descriptive articles
  • Uses terminology of the discipline
  • Graphics are usually charts or tables
  • Peer-reviewed
  • Articles are written to share knowledge

Here's an example of a peer-reviewed journal article.

peer reviewed journal article


  • the Journal title, date, volume, and page numbers at the top
  • The descriptive title
  • The authors and their affiliations
  • The abstract


Most include a list of references.

peer-reviewed reference list

The citations usually look something like this

mla citation example