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Criminal Justice Research Guide: Peer Review and Scholarly Journals

A good starting point for finding resources in criminal justice

Library Research

Research 101 - Getting Started in Library Research

Try the steps outlined in this guide for a simple and effective search strategy to find information for your research paper, project or presentation.

Peer Review- Video

What is Peer Reviewed?

Peer Reviewed? Refereed?

Peer Review.  The process of obtaining impartial opinions from the research and academic community in order to ascertain whether papers submitted for publication in journals are of a sustainable standard. 

Referee.  An independent expert who assists the editor of a journal in evaluating the acceptability of contributions submitted for publication.

Journals Vs. Magazines

Criteria for Evaluation

  Scholarly Journals

Popular Magazines


Bibliographies or references included Usually DO NOT have bibliographies
Authors are experts, often professors at universities or research centers
Authors are often journalists or generalists
Contain articles approved by author's peers (peer reviewed) or refereed Contain articles chosen by editors who are employed by the magazine or people within a certain trade field
Audience is the scholarly reader, such as professors, researchers, students
Audience is the general population
Standardized formats are usually followed (APA, MLA, etc.)
Various formats which are often unstructured
Written in the jargon of the field
Written for anyone to understand
Any illustrations support the text (maps, tables, photos)
Often illustrated for market appeal

Where do I find the Peer Reviewed Journals?

This is probably the most frequent question we get about library research.

There is no single place to find articles from peer reviewed journals. You can connect to our databases and look to a side menu to find a box which you can click on to "limit" your search to only peer reviewed journals.