Peer Review is a process that journals use to ensure the articles they publish represent the best scholarship currently available. When an article is submitted to a peer reviewed journal, the editors send it out to other scholars in the same field (the author's peers) to get their opinion on the quality of the scholarship, its relevance to the field, its appropriateness for the journal, etc.
Publications that don't use peer review (Time, Cosmo, Salon) just rely on the judgement of the editors whether an article is up to snuff or not. That's why you can't count on them for solid, scientific scholarship. --University of Texas at Austin
The databases listed in this Research Guide are available only to Truckee Meadows Community College students, faculty and staff. You will need your TMCC credentials (Username and Password) to access them off-campus.
Tips for Reading a Research Article
Read the Abstract. It consists of a brief summary of the research questions and methods. It may also state the findings. Because it is short and often written in dense psychological language, you may need to read it a couple of times. Try to restate the abstract in your own nontechnical language.
Modified from Net Lab
Log into PsycARTICLES.
Enter your search term. Once results are retrieved, look to the options on the left-hand side of the screen. Check Peer-Reviewed. The screen eliminates any articles not in a peer-reviewed journal. Then scroll down below the Peer-reviewed checkmark to Methodology. Click Methodology, then check Quantitative. Academic articles reporting statistical studies will be retrieved. Ask the Librarian for assistance if the search does not produce the type of article that you need.
In most of these databases, you must check Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals, usually before you click Search, or modify the search after you have received your results. Check with the Reference Librarian to determine if a journal article is peer reviewed.