How do you know if a journal is peer reviewed?

Many professors will require that you only use “peer reviewed” journals in your projects (see What is Peer Review for a definition).  Not all academic journals are peer reviewed, though. So, how do you know if an article you’ve found is peer reviewed or not?

A great resource called Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory will help you answer that question.  I’ll give you step-by-step instructions for accessing this resource:

  1. Go to and click the “Databases” link
  2. Choose “U” and then click on the “Ulrich’s” entry (Off campus users must log in)
  3. In the search box, enter the name of the journal you are searching for
  4. Next to the name of your journal, you will see little symbols
  5. Look for a referee jersey icon: if one exists, that journal is peer reviewed
  6. If you see no icons at all, you may need to turn this function on: click the “Change Columns” link and make sure the referee jersey is selected

For more information on peer reviews, see: What does “peer review” mean?