How to determine whether an article is peer-reviewed in CINAHL database:
In CINAHL, you can click on the blue title link of an article to view more details about the article. On this page under journal subset, CINAHL lists the method of review for the article. There are many kinds of peer review, as demonstrated below in the Peer Review Subject Guide section. It will have Peer Reviewed as a subset if the article is peer-reviewed.
How to limit a search to peer-reviewed journals in CINAHL database:
To save some trouble in double-checking peer-review status, limit your search to only articles that are in peer-reviewed journals.
To do this:
1. Click Show More under Limit to:
2. Check the box listed Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals
Just because an article is published in a peer-reviewed journal does not mean that each article is peer-reviewed. Editorials, opinion pieces, news items, letters to the editor, meeting or poster abstracts, single-page articles, anecdotes and regular columns are examples of non-peer-reviewed content that show up in peer-reviewed journals. Editorial reviewed or editorial board reviewed are not forms of peer review.
Not all databases have a peer reviewed or refereed filter. Google Scholar does not have one, either.
Definitions: Peer Review and Other Review Formats
Editorial Review: (By Journal's Editors)
Resources Defining Peer Review:
Distinguishing Scholarly Journals from Other Periodicals (Meriam Library, California State University Chico)
Document Types in CINAHL: peer review definition http://support.epnet.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?topic=996&id=4466&page1
Peer Review Definition http://www.google.com
(Search: Definition Peer Review)
Scholarly Journals versus Other Periodicals (Amarillo College Library)
Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication http://www.icmje.org
What is a Refereed/Peer Reviewed Article (University Of North Florida) http://libguides.unt.edu/peerreview
Modified from website developed by the University of Missouri-St. Louis Libraries
http://www.umsl.edu/services/library/research-help/research-guides/nursing/peer-review-n.html Used with permission July 17, 2012.