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HU 3900: Inquiry Seminar on the Literature of WPI’s Project Centers : Journal Articles

Professor Kris Boudreau

Peer Reviewed or Refeered

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

A peer-reviewed journal is a respected 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. Many peer-reviewed journals have low acceptance rates. 

To find peer reviewed articles in WPI Library Search, enter your keywords and then choose the Peer-Reviewed Journals filter on the left.


Recommended Databases for finding peer-reviewed articles on literature:

Additional Databases:

Filter and Follow Up

  • Scan results: Read the subject headings, titles, and abstracts to look for vocabulary and phrases to refine your keyword searches.
  • Examine the articles in your search results. Look for articles of substantial length (10-30 pages) with many citations. 
  • Read the abstract to determine if the article is relevant to your research. 
  • Bibliographies can lead you to more articles. 

Examples of Peer-Reviewed Journals at WPI

Use BrowZine to find journals available at WPI. Browse by subject to find journals on Literature.