When using the Internet for academic research, pay careful attention to the sites used. Below are questions to ask when evaluating content of Internet sites. Remember anyone can post anything to the Internet and no one controls its validity or accuracy. Every source needs to be assessed in some way, to determine if it has what you need and is worth your time and effort.
Adapted from Tensen, Bonnie, L. (2007). Research strategies for a digital age. (Second Edition)
Peer reviewed publications have been read and approved by scholars and professionals within the author's field prior to publication. Peer review indicates a higher quality of scholarship, and when doing research you should look for articles designated as peer reviewed.
How do you find out if an article is peer reviewed?
Check your journal in Ulrich’s Periodical Directory:
No result? Change “Title Exact” to “Title Keyword”.
Still no result? Look in the article information for the ISSN number, copy and paste it into the search box, and change your Ulrich’s advanced search to ISSN.
Several results? Look for the one with the closest or exact title, and which matches the publishing location given in the article information.
How do I know?
If the journal is peer-reviewed (or “refereed” as Ulrich’s calls it), you’ll see a little referee’s shirt (black and white striped) to the left of the title:
Still don’t know and really want to use the article? Ask a librarian!