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HELP: Research Help: Intro

Learn more about the research process.

Help is on the way!

Academic research can be confusing! These pages should help answer some of your questions.

If you need more help, please contact us! We are always happy to answer your questions!

Library Tool Kit

Research Help

Need assistance with your research? Try these resources.

What's a Peer-Reviewed Journal?

What's a "peer-review journal"? And why does it matter to me?

"Peer-reviewed journals" are considered scholarly. And it matters to you because most of your research should come from scholarly journals.

Want to know more? Watch a brief YouTube tutorial from Vanderbilt Univ. called Scholarly vs. Popular Periodicals.

Still not sure if your source is a peer-reviewed journal? Use the link below and search for the journal. HINT: Enter the journal name and specify that it be in the "TI Title" field. View the record for your journal and look for the "Peer-Reviewed" line. If it says "Yes," you're in business!

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