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Finding Information for Speech Pathology

A Library Guide to help with developing research projects in speech pathology (SPH516 and SPH526)

Finding articles in peer-reviewed journals

Articles published in peer-reviewed (also known as refereed) journals have been through a formal approval process, which checks that the article is accurate, well-researched, and contributes to the body of knowledge in the field.

So peer-reviewed articles are regarded as more scholarly, reliable, and authoritative than articles that aren't peer-reviewed.

  • You can use refiners in Primo Search and in some databases to limit your search results to peer-reviewed articles.
  • Another way to check if a journal is peer-reviewed is to check its editorial information on its website.
  • But the best way to check or confirm that a journal is peer-reviewed is to use Ulrichsweb Global Periodicals Directory:
  1. Search for the journal title (not the article title) or the journal ISSN 
  2. Locate the journal in the results list
  3. If there is a referee's shirt icon () in the column on the left it means the journal (and therefore the article) is refereed (peer reviewed):

Peer review

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