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Find Journal Articles

A guide to introduce how to find journal articles more effectively

How to find peer-reviewed works?

Both OneSearch and many library databases offer the option to limit search results to "Peer-reviewed" works only. Here are a few examples: 


Some databases are highly selective and only cover peer-reviewed journals, e.g. Web of ScienceScopus. This means that you will only find peer-reviewed articles when searching on these databases. 

How to find high impact peer-reviewed works?

For postgraduate students, you may need to start reading from the top journals in your research field. There are a couple of tools to help you identify the top journals according to certain citation metrics.

  • Journal Citation Reports (JCR)
    ranks journals covered in Web of Science SCIE and SSCI based on Journal Impact Factor (JIF) and a few other metrics. Check out this guide to know how to find top journals in your field based on JIF. 
  • Scopus > Sources
    ranks journals covered in Scopus based on CiteScore, SNIP and SJR. Check out this guide to know how to find top journals in your field based on these metrics.