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SOWK 5313: Foundation Social Work Practice: Peer Review

Foundation Social Work Practice

Is it Refereed/Peer-Reviewed?

To determine if a journal is considered Refereed/Peer-Reviewed, check the Ulrich's database by doing a search for the title of the journal. Many, but not all, of the research databases accessible from the Library allow searches to be limited to articles published in Scholarly/Academic as well as Peer-Reviewed journals. Keep in mind that refereed/peer-reviewed journals are a subset of scholarly journals, in other words not all scholarly/academic journals are refereed/peer-reviewed.

What is Scholarly | Peer-Reviewed?

A scholarly journal is peer-reviewed when there is an editorial board that decides which articles should be included for publication. These journals are generally thought to be of the highest quality. To determine if a journal is peer reviewed, look for an editorial board in the early pages of the print publication or on the journal's website.

Libraries subscribe to various types of periodicals, such as scholarly (some of which may be peer-reviewed, blind peer-reviewed, editorial review), popular, or trade publications.Choosing which to use depends on your topic, the type of writing you are doing, your assignment, and the sources your professor wants you to use. Many databases offer the option to limit to "Scholarly Journals" and/or "Peer Reviewed". If you're not sure if a journal is considered scholarly/peer-reviewed, check Ulrich's by looking up the title of the journal.