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History 112 - Since 1865 - Spring 2015

What is a Peer Reviewed Journal?

Library databases such as Ebscohost and Proquest are used to find PEER-REVIEWED/SCHOLARLY JOURNAL ARTICLES, not found through Internet search engines (i.e. Google, Yahoo). 

The material found within databases is generally more acceptable to use than material found on the web because it comes from professionals working in the field that you are researching. You still need to personally review material to make sure it is appropriate for your topic.

The following links will help you understand the peer review process and the difference between peer reviewed journals and magazines.

Periodical Titles

Browse or search invidual titles like:

Journal of American History

American Historical Review

journal of american history cover

 

OR

Browse the United States History periodical list to view a list of all of the titles that the library subscribes to in electronic and print and format.

Magazine, Newspaper and Journal Databases

These databases are wider in scope and cover more than literature, providing citations for cultural studies, historical studies, political science, and other interdisciplinary topics. 

  • EbscoHost - Search from a wide range of research databases for magazine and journal articles. Updated daily.The easiest way to search for journal articles is to select all of the modules and after completing your search, limit your articles to peer reviewed sources.
  • Proquest - Articles and coverage of arts, history and humanities related subjects.See a search in Proquest demonstrated in this video.   

Google Scholar

Tip: add jstor.org or muse.jhu.edu to your search. For example, Whiskey Rebellion site:jstor.org or john brown and abolition site:muse.jhu.edu. If the full test is not available, you can request the article through interlibrary loan.