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Counseling and Higher Education: Find Peer Reviewed Sources

Links to the best library resources in Counseling and Higher Education

What is Peer Review?

If a work is peer reviewed or refereeed, it means that it was evaluated by other experts in that field to ensure that the research and findings are credible before it was published.

How do I know if something is peer reviewed?

Check-Off Peer Reviewed

Many article databases have checkboxes that allow you to narrow your results to peer-reviewed journals.

In databases, use "Limit to" peer reviewed.

Check the Journal Website

Find the journal website. Most journals will say if they're peer reviewed on their "About" page. If the website doesn't say anything about peer review, it probably isn't a peer reviewed journal. 

Test your knowledge: Is it peer reviewed?

Examples: Peer Reviewed Journals in Education

  • Higher Education
  • Studies in Higher Education
  • Teaching in Higher Education
  • Journal of Higher Education 
  • Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education

Examples: Non-Peer Reviewed Sources in Education

Assessing Journal Quality

Journal rankings can be used as a rough measure of journal quality. They are imperfect measures that indicate how frequently the average article in that journal is cited by other sources.