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EN 2271: American Literary Histories: The Literature of Slavery : Find Journal Articles

Peer Reviewed

What are "peer-reviewed" journals?

A peer-reviewed journal is a respected academic 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.

Screenshot of the WPI Library Search with an arrow pointing to the Peer-Review filter on the left

Examples of Peer-Reviewed Journals at WPI


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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.