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SOC106 Marin Peer-Reviewed Journals

Identifying Peer-Reviewed Articles - Activity

We're going to look at some articles and using what you've learned so far try to determine what type of articles they are.

Choose one of the following articles to review. 

Look closely at the article and use the Determining Periodical Types Grid to determine what type of article you have. Once you think you know what type of article you have, fill in this form (embedded below also). You will need to enter as much information about the article and your choice as possible.

Hint: Look for the title, authors, and publication information. If you cannot find a piece of information you can skip that question in the form.

You may need to log in to your MyNorthShore account to access these articles.


How to Identify a Peer-Reviewed Article

anatomy of a scholarly article

Check out these great resources on identifying peer-reviewed sources from North Carolina State University!

Anatomy of a Scholarly Article (video)

Anatomy of a Scholarly Article (interactive tutorial)

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