Peer-reviewed research has gone through a refereeing process (like a sports referee). Through the peer-review process, a scholarly work is checked by a group of experts in the same field to make sure it meets the professional standards before it is published. It is largely used with scholarly research (also called academic) journals to help ensure that published articles represent the best scholarship that is currently available.
Publications that do not use peer-review, such as Time, Discover, Newsweek, and U.S. News, rely on the judgment of the editors as to whether an article is quality material or not. These articles are not considered scholarly and they have not been through the rigorous review process.
Journals in the Hatfield Library collection
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