Resources for History Research

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Peer Reviewed or Refeered

What are "peer-reviewed" or "refereed" journals?

A peer-reviewed journal is a special type of publication. Before articles are published within these types of journals, they are sent by the editors of the journal to other scholars in the field ("peers"), often anonymously, to get feedback on the quality of the scholarship, review research methods, as well as relevance or importance to the field. The article may be accepted, often with revisions suggested, or rejected for publication.  

Considered the most respected, researchers wish to have their works published in them. Many often have low acceptance rates. 

To find peer reviewed articles, type your keywords into Summon, and then choose the filters for Scholarly & Peer-Reviewed and Journal Article.

Screenshot of Summon for finding peer-reviewed articles

Examples of Peer-Reviewed History Journals

Find more journals by searching BrowZinehttp://ezproxy.wpi.edu/login?url=http://browzine.com/libraries/732

  • BrowZine is a current awareness service (accessible via laptop, desktop, and mobile devices) that lets you browse, read, and monitor your favorite scholarly journals. It's available to all WPI faculty, staff, and students. You can: Create your own Bookshelf or virtual "reading room" of your favorite scholarly journals, which you can access on the web (via BrowZine.com) and mobile devices. Receive alerts on your mobile devices when new issues (AND articles in press) are published, and browse the articles for ones you want to read. You can also export the citations to EndNote, Zotero or Mendeley. Save articles (also synced across devices), and group them into collections. From your tablet or phone you can download articles to read offline and export the PDFs to other apps on your device like DropBox, EndNote, Google Drive, and more.

Suggested Databases for History

In addition to Summon, you can find peer-reviewed articles in our discipline-specific databases. Here are some recommended databases for history research:

To find more history databases and electronic resources, check out our History Databases.