Where Do I Look for Peer-Reviewed Articles?

Most of our databases allow users to limit their searches to "scholarly" or  "peer-reviewed" journals. An alphabetical listing of the Library's databases is on the Library Home Page under Find; then Databases. Select a database to search, then limit the search by clicking on the check box that allows for limiting the search to scholarly (Peer-reviewed journals). Some advance searches allow you to limit your search to document type too.

Selected Databases


P = Patient /Problem/Population - Patients age 65 and older with high blood pressure 

  •  age, gender, ethnicity, disorder

I = Intervention - Patient education

  • exposure, risk behavior, prognostic factor

C = Comparison or Control - No patient education

O = Outcome - Patient participation in exercise

T= Time (Sometimes) (^months or three years)

NIH. National Library of Medicine. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/oet/ed/pubmed/pubmed_in_ebp/02-100.html


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Types of Resources

Hierarchy of Evidence Resources - Pyramid - at base studies, then syntheses, then synopses, then summaries, and at the top systems

Haynes RB. Of studies, syntheses, synopses, summaries and systems: the “5S" evolution of services for evidence-based health care decisions. ACP J Club. 2006 Nov-Dec;145(3):A8-9. 

Meta-Analysis: systematic review - uses quantitative methods to synthesize & summarize results.

Systematic Review: A summary of the literature with explicit methods to perform a comprehensive literature search & critical appraisal of individual studies.

Randomized Controlled Trial:  randomly allocated participants with experimental or control groups & followed over time

Cohort Study:  patients with a condition followed over time & compared with another group without the condition.

Case Control Study: Patients with a specific outcome & participants without that outcome (controls).

Case Report/Case Series: 1 or more with a particular outcome

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To find word variants, truncate using an *
(e.g. comput* returns results with computer, computing, etc.)

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PHED511 Finding Research Articles


Evidence-based is the practical application of the findings of the best available current research.  The research  should demonstrate a positive outcome for application. This assignment generally requires you to use scholarly/peer-reviewed resources that are ten or less years old.  Primary sources in physical education and exercise science often contain methods, (empirical studies, randomized control trials, clinical trials), results, and discussions. 

Selected Journals

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Cross Ref for partial citations