Peer review is a process that ensures a high-quality of writing and maintains professional standards.
A peer reviewed journal article is not published until it has been reviewed by a panel of other academics or professionals in the field. A simplified version of the process looks like this:
The review and revise steps may be repeated several times.
The peer review process ensures published articles are reliable and authoritative sources of information. This is why your lecturers will often request that you use peer-reviewed material.
A lot of peer-reviewed content is behind pay-walls, meaning access is not freely available through a Google search.
The library has subscriptions to thousands of peer reviewed journals. Follow the steps below to find peer reviewed content through Library Search, EBSCO and ProQuest.
Most online databases and academic search engines have a simple check box or filter that you select to ensure the material your retrieve is peer reviewed.