What Is a Peer-Reviewed Journal?
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
Each database containing peer-reviewed journals has different content coverage and materials. 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.
When searching a database, a search term frequently will retrieve many articles. Browse the article abstracts to find one or more relevant to your search.
Some of the databases provide citations for the articles.
See a librarian for assistance.
JSTOR is unique because it is an enormous source of back issues of academic journals, some peer reviewed. It consists of hundreds of these journals for most of their existence, including every article in PDF format. See the Reference Librarian for assistance in using JSTOR.
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