How to find peer-reviewed education articles So you need to find peer-reviewed articles for an assignment. First what is a peer reviewed article? A peer reviewed article is one that has
been reviewed by scholars who are experts in the same field as the author.
The group of peer reviewers can accept an article for publication, request
revisions before publication, or reject an article. Because of this process peer-reviewed articles and journals are considered the most authoritative and
reliable sources for academic research. Next, how do you find one? The best way to start is to navigate to the M.Ed. library guide. The M.Ed. guide is linked in Blackboard
from the library tab. Once you’ve reached the welcome page of the guide click find articles, Then choose peer-reviewed articles. Follow the instructions and start by brainstorming keywords for your topic, since you can’t search with sentences or questions like you can in Google. For example, if your research
question is “What is the effect of the flipped classroom on math skills?” some of your keywords would be “flipped classroom” and “math.” Once you have your keywords
you’re ready to use OneSearch, our catalog that looks for articles in many
databases at once. Or if you prefer, choose an individual education database. If you use OneSearch, it’s important to sign in so you maximize the number of
results you receive. After you sign in, enter your keywords and click to search. Then click on peer-reviewed articles to filter out sources like newspapers and
magazines that are not peer reviewed. If you search one of the individual databases, be sure to check a box that says peer-reviewed or scholarly journals. In some databases, you will only see the peer reviewed filter option if you’re using the advanced search feature. In a Gale database choose “Advanced search” then look for the box that says “peer-reviewed journals.” Some databases, like the Sage database, don’t include a box to check because all of the articles are peer-reviewed. You can also search Google Scholar for articles but there’s no peer-reviewed box to check and not
all of the articles are peer-reviewed. You’ll need to investigate each journal
to find out if it’s peer-reviewed. You can do this by visiting the website for
the journal to see if it mentions peer-review. Finally, if your keywords aren’t finding the articles you’re looking for, you’ll want to try additional keywords. The “Search Tips” page of the M.Ed. library guide provides search tips, examples of keyword brainstorming, and an advanced search example. And that’s how to find peer-reviewed education articles. If you have questions, ask a librarian we’re here to help.