Answered By: Debbie Herman
Last Updated: Jun 21, 2018     Views: 6

Most of our research databases offer an option to limit your search to peer-reviewed or scholarly articles. The screenshot below shows the "Peer Reviewed" limiter that's found on the Library's homepage when you click on the "Research Databases" tab. By clicking on the checkbox, you are limiting results to articles that are peer-reviewed and published in scholarly journals. For more information on the differences between scholarly and popular information sources, visit the Research Skills LibGuide.

 

Here is another example of a search in EBSCOhost with the peer-reviewed limiter checked.

Example of peer-review limiter in EBSCOhost

Depending on the topic and how recent it is, you may need to broaden your search and brainstorm additional keywords to expand your topic. In this example, the topic of arming school teachers would yield many results from popular sources, like magazines and newspapers, but relatively few in scholarly journals since the publication cycle of scholarly journals is generally much longer. In ths case, you might consider adding phrases like "school safety", "gun control" or "school shootings" to get more results.