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TCC Library: Peer-reviewed articles

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What is a peer reviewed article?

Peer-reviewed articles go through rigorous screening before publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
  • Experts or professionals conduct a study.
  • They write an article about their study.
  • They send a draft of the article to the journal editor, who sends the article
    to other experts in the field (peers of the authors) for review prior to publishing. Experts verify that data collection & analysis were valid, and the conclusions logical; suggest revisions.
  • Journal editor returns the draft article to the original experts or professionals for revision.
  • The article is published.

Finding peer reviewed articles

To find peer-reviewed articles you can search either Super Search or the research databases directly.

Using Super Search:

1. Go to SuperSearch

2. Use keywords

Enter your keywords into the search box and select the search button.

search articles in super search

3. Use filters to refine your results 

On the left side of the screen, you'll check two filters: Journal Articles under "Content-type" and Peer Review under "Refine your search."

super search peer review filter

4.Get access to articles 

You'll now have a list of results containing peer-reviewed articles focused on your search terms. Follow the "Full text" links to access the full articles for reading online, printing, or emailing to yourself.

super search full text article

5. From article databases:

The process is similar to searching Super Search. Choose a database from TCC Library's Research Databases page (using the link below). After conducting your initial keyword search, look for a checkbox with the words “peer reviewed” to limit your article results to peer-reviewed articles.

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Library "How do I?" credits

The TCC Library "How do I?" guide is adapted from the Library DIY project created by Meredith Farkas, Amy Hofer, Lisa Molinelli and Kimberly Willson-St. Clair at Portland State University Library. Several Library "How Do I?" pages are adapted from pages within the Portland Community College Library "How do I" project, as well as the Oregon State University Libraries' Library DIY project.

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