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What is Peer Review & Why is It So Important?
Finding Peer-Reviewed Articles & Systematic Reviews
Medical/health literature databases are good sources for identifying articles on your specific topic.
Publicly accessible databases include
PubMed - searchable index of articles from thousands of biomedical research journals
PubMed Central - full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine
Current UNH students, faculty and staff as well as visitors to the UNH Library can use
Medline - similar to PubMed but with links to UNH holdings
CINAHL Complete - covering nursing and allied health literature
Systematic reviews can be identified through the following databases that UNH subscribes to
The Problem With Popular Sources
“Popular” information sources (TV, newspapers, radio, popular magazines) are rarely the best sources of health information as they
short, do NOT provide a lot of detail
are generally written by people who aren't experts
These can be good for alerting you to new developments that you can investigate further in more reputable, authoritative sources described in this guide.
Peer-reviewed articles are a key source but there are other quality places to check.
Different Types of Periodicals
What type of periodical you are dealing with?
This one-page chart describing the characteristics of
popular magazines & newspapers
professional, trade, and special interest periodicals
scholarly, academic, peer-reviewed or refereed journals
will help you.
Peer Review (Scholarly) Journals vs. Popular Magazines
An informative 3-minute video created by Peabody Library, Vanderbilt University.