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NRS160 Research Skills Guide: Evaluate


So, you have found articles, books and maybe even some web resources.

How can you tell whether your resources are suitable for your assessment? Have you been asked to use peer reviewed or refereed articles?

The videos & tips below and on the following pages will help you to pick up strategies to evaluate Library resources, web resources and find peer reviewed articles.

Peer Review

Find Peer reviewed articles

Articles published in peer-reviewed or refereed journals have been through a formal approval process. An editor and one or more subject specialists review the article before it is accepted for publication. This process is intended to ensure that the article is accurate, well-researched, and contributes to the body of knowledge in the field.

Primo Search and some Journal Databases include an option to limit your search to scholarly or peer-reviewed articles, and some other databases include this information as part of an article record. While this is an indication that the article could be peer-reviewed, the definitive way to find out is to use Ulrichsweb Global Periodicals Directory. You can access this database by selecting "U" from the A-Z Databases page.

Activity 5 - Peer Review: Ulrichs

Open Ulrichsweb and check whether one of articles you identified in your CINAHL search is from a peer reviewed journal.


Search for the following journal in Ulrichsweb, is it peer reviewed?

  • Contemporary Nurse

Remember to search using the journal title, not the article title.