When searching for articles, you can limit your search to peer reviewed content using a limiter checkbox. Look for the checkbox on the library search results page, an Advanced Search page, or a database search page.
Click the tabs below to see examples showing where to find the limiter checkbox when using different search tools.
Here is a screenshot of the Deakin Library search results screen which shows the peer review checkbox highlighted.
You can use this limiter to restrict your search results so they only show content from peer reviewed journals.
This image shows the Deakin Library Advanced Search screen with the peer review checkbox highlighted.
In this example, the researcher has entered their search criteria on the Advanced Search panel and has selected the peer review limiter before pressing the Search button.
Other databases may include a function to limit your search results to peer reviewed content. If the function exists it will usually be visible on the Advanced Search screen. The position and appearance of the limiter can vary as the examples below show.
Here are some different methods you can use to determine if an article comes from a peer reviewed journal.
If you have a printed copy of the journal, you can check its publication information which is often found near the Table of Contents.
This is a searchable list of periodicals with information on which journals are peer reviewed. Here are the steps to check Ulrichs.
Look out for these features which are usually found in peer-reviewed articles:
Peer reviewed journals can sometimes contain content that is not peer reviewed, such as letters to the editor, editorial pieces, book reviews etc. So be aware of this and don't assume that everything you read in a peer reviewed journal has been reviewed with the same process.