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Library article databases are indexes that allow users to search for articles from various publications and/or periodicals (journals, newspapers, or magazines).
The description of an article found in a database commonly consists of 3 main parts:
Scholarly journals published by professional associations or a university press will have a panel of scholars who evaluate articles submitted for publication. In other words, these editorial panels are comprised of the author's peers.
If an article is approved for publication the panel has agreed that the article will advance the thinking within the discipline. Thus, articles accepted for publication would then be considered peer reviewed.
Need help identifying scholarly peer reviewed articles? Check out our Is this a Scholarly Article? Or Not? page.
Need more help searching databases? See our Database Searching guide for more information about selecting a database, search strategies and step-by-step database searching instructions.