Finding Peer-Reviewed Journals and Journal Articles


There is no comprehensive source for identifying all peer-reviewed journals. To help determine if a particular journal is peer-reviewed, refer to the journal itself (either to an individual issue of the journal or to the publisher’s web site) or to Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory (volume 5 of Ulrich’s lists the major peer-reviewed journals within the “Refereed Serials” section). The Directory may be requested at the Reference Desk.
However, some online databases to which the Library subscribes have begun to flag the peer-reviewed journals so they can be searched in the database. Following is a list of databases offering peer-reviewed journal searching.
General Academic, Interdisciplinary Databases (representing no single discipline)
Academic Search Elite (some full-text articles)
Under Limit Your Results,
check the “Peer-Reviewed/Refereed Journals” box on the main search screen

EBSCOhost (All EBSCO Databases) (some full-text articles)
Check the box to limit “to peer-reviewed (refereed) articles” on its main search screen

ProQuest Newsstand (some full-text articles)
Check the “Show peer reviewed articles” box on its main search screen

Social Sciences and Education Databases
At “Search For,” type “peer-reviewed journal” in a search box and, from the corresponding pull-down box, select Reviewed Journal Phrase. Type in one or more terms in the next box and select Search.

JSTOR (full-text articles)
Project MUSE (full-text articles)

Science Databases
ACS(American Chemical Society) Publications (all full-text articles)
JSTOR (full-text articles)
Science Direct(full-text articles)
Business Databases
ABI/Inform (some full-text articles)Check the “Show peer reviewed articles” box on its main search screen
JSTOR (full-text articles)
Humanities and Arts Databases
JSTOR (full-text articles)
Project MUSE (full-text articles)
Source:  California Polytechnic University, Robert E. Kennedy Library. (n.d.). Finding peer-reviewed or refereed journals. Retrieved from


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Updated 15/24/2013


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