For this assignment, you are asked to find articles from peer-reviewed journals on a topic related to the child, family and community. Peer-reviewed journals are also sometimes referred to as scholarly, academic or referreed journals. The best place to find articles from peer-reviewed journals are the library's research databases -- ProQuest and EBSCO.
Peer review is the process used by publishers and editors of academic / scholarly journals to ensure that the articles they publish meet the accepted standards of their discipline. Manuscripts being considered for publication are sent to independent experts in the same field (the author's scholarly or scientific peers). They evaluate the quality of the scholarship, reliability of findings, relevance to the field, appropriateness for the journal, etc. Most, but not all scholarly journals are peer reviewed.
What Does "Peer Reviewed" or "Refereed" Mean?
Peer Review is a process that journals use to ensure the articles they publish represent the best scholarship currently available. When an article is submitted to a peer reviewed journal, the editors send it out to other scholars in the same field (the author's peers) to get their opinion on the quality of the scholarship, its relevance to the field, its appropriateness for the journal, etc.
Publications that don't use peer review (Time, Cosmo, Salon) just rely on the judgment of the editors whether an article is up to snuff or not. That's why you can't count on them for solid, scientific scholarship.
From the University of Texas Libraries
Where Can I Find Articles from Peer-Reviewed Journals?
The library's databases are the best place to find articles from peer-reviewed journals. Not all of the databases provide peer-reviewed articles. The best databases for these are:
- Academic Search Premier (under EBSCOhost)
- Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection (under EBSCOhost)
When you access one of the databases above from off campus, login with your student ID number and last name. No login is needed on campus.
Scholarly vs. Magazine
Look at the following two articles. How are they different?
Article # 1
Are You Ready for Preschool?
Article # 2 (Look at the PDF version)
Factors Related to Resilience in Preschool and Kindergarten Students
Can you tell anything about the authors?
Do both articles cite their sources?