|Most databases offer an option to limit your search to scholarly or peer-reviewed articles. While this option can be helpful, be aware that the databases can sometimes be inconsistent (and questionable) in what they identify as scholarly or peer-reviewed. Ultimately, you will want to make the determination of whether or not an article is appropriate for your needs using some of the strategies listed below or in consultation with your professor.
Scholarly or peer-reviewed articles usually have the following features:
Is it peer-reviewed?
Most, but not all, of these will be empirical studies. EBSCOhost's psychology databases allow you to limit your search to Empirical Studies and Scholarly Articles. See video at right.
To further focus your search, try adding one of the following terms to your search (try different combinations):