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RE 3721: Religion and Gender

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 WPI Library Search, and then choose the Peer-Reviewed Journals filter on the left.

Suggested Databases

In addition to WPI Library Search, you can find peer-reviewed articles in our discipline-specific databases. Here are some recommended databases for this course:

Only Finding a Citation? Get the Full Text

Within most databases, click on the FullTextFinder () link to get options for obtaining the full text of the article.

Filter & Follow Up

  • Scan results: use subject headings/descriptors, keywords, phrases found to expand search
  • Scrutinize article titles, number of pages, and journal title
  • Browse promising abstract and conclusion sections of long studies
  • Bibliographies can clue you in on the value of the article as well
  • Find an interesting author? Search for more articles or for his/her web site
  • Notice an agency, association or expert mentioned in an article? Follow up.