Answered By: Anne Grant
Last Updated: Sep 13, 2016     Views: 383

You can refine your results from a database by clicking on the correct button to limit to peer-reviewed journals only. The location of this button will vary slightly depending on the database you're using at the time.

For instance, if you're using OneSearch - it's like a search engine that searches only the library databases and the catalog - you'll see on the left-hand side of the page under "Refine your search" a small check box next to "Limit to articles from scholarly publications, including peer-review." When you click on that box, it will exclude any resources that are not from scholarly publications. 

If you're using a specific database like Business Source Complete, before you start a search, you'll see on the left-hand side of the page, under "Limit your results" a small check box under "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" that will, again, exclude the things that are not scholarly. 

Whenever you do a search, just look for the option to limit your results to scholarly or peer-reviewed. Different databases will have the option in different locations, and they'll also use different wordings as mentioned above in the examples.