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Last Updated: Jul 13, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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This guide was created for students in Technical Communications, whether you are working on an RFP for recruitment and retention, or for the topic on college health and wellness.  Find articles, books, journals, and websites that will  make research easier.


    FAQ - Peer Review

    Peer Review

    What is peer review?

    Peer review is a process whereby a panel of experts evaluate journal articles before publication to determine if the article is credible.  Before an  article is published, it must possess sound research methods, distinct contributions to the field, and other critiria representing quality research worthy of publication within a particular journal.

    Why is peer review important for me?

    When doing research for your classes, you want to make sure you have the best research available to write papers and complete your assignments.  Peer reviewed articles have been evaluated for credibility and quality, which means you can trust the evidence found in the articles.  This is not the case for information found in newspapers, magazines, or on websites - there is no way of knowing whether or not the information found in those sources is factual and reputable.  When doing research for class, peer reviewed articles are the best way to find quality, scholarly information.


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    Check out the links below to find information fast:

    • Academic Search Premier
      Comprehensive, interdisciplinary database covering a variety of subjects. A great place to start for peer-reviewed research.
    • American Fact Finder
      Another method of locating demographic and statistical information.
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
      Professional magazine featuring articles relating to higher education.
    • ERIC Education Articles
      Professional articles relating to education. If looking for higher education (college) resources, make sure to specify that in your search by adding additional keywords.
    • FedStats
      Statistics from hundreds of agencies of the federal government. Can be challenging to search.
    • National Center for Education Statistics
      Retention rates for thousands of universities in the United States, compiled by the U.S. Department of Education. Also includes crime rates, substance abuse among students, and major information.
    • Statistical Abstract of the United States
      Comprehensive statistics relating to demographic, economic, and social aspects of the United States. Easy to search.

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