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It can be intimidating to read a technical peer-reviewed article. It can also be difficult to determine which articles are peer-reviewed. Here are some tips that may help you:
-What are the authors' affiliations? Do they have PhDs? Do they currently work in an academic/research institution?
-Do you see a series of dates (submitted on... accepted on...) anywhere? How current is the issue? Is that important?
-Does the paper conform to traditional scientific journal format, (abstract, intro/literature review, methods, results, discussion, conclusion)?
-Is there a rather long list of references?
-Are there acknowledgments to reviewers, grants, or contributors?
-Does the article look "boring"? Compare it to something like Time or National Geographic.
If you can answer yes to most of these questions you probably have a peer-reviewed journal. If you are having difficulty you can contact a librarian and we would love to help you!
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