The key to effective research is knowing where to locate the best information sources for your topic.
Sources of Information
Types of Information Sources
What is Peer Review?
Peer review isn’t perfect … it’s just the best we’ve got.
Peer review is a means of ensuring that scholarly research articles meet certain requirements and expectations of their field, but the peer-review process sometimes fails, which is why scientific and other academic disciplines are ongoing conversations, often involving self-correction.
Check out Retraction Watch, a site that monitors when journals retract peer-reviewed articles for reasons of error, poor data, dishonesy, plagiarism, or fraud. The site maintains a database of retractions across the spectrum of academic publications:
For further information on questionable peer-reviewed literature, see these resources:
Limiting to Peer Review
Most databases allow you to limit your results to peer-reviewed articles.
Most of research databases available at NWOSU are hosted by the company EBSCO and have a similar layout. After you’ve conduced a search, select Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals in the left sidebar to limit your results:
A similar option is available in the library catalog:
Remember, the data in the catalog is not always accurate, so even if you are using a limiter, it is your responsibility to make sure your sources are really peer reviewed.