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ELCS 6370 - Research Methods for Educational Leaders

Finding Peer Reviewed Journals

In your capstone projects you've been asked to identify 10 peer reviewed journals. There are 3 major ways that you can do this, but with all of them, you have to remember one thing.



Journals are much broader in scope than individual articles. Your topic is obviously going to be very specific. However, your journals are going to cover these subject areas and much much more. So you may find that most of the content in a given journal is irrelevant to you. That's ok! Even if most of the content is irrelevant, that doesn't mean there isn't a significant amount of content that IS useful to you.


This also means that a lot of the time you'll be searching for a broader version of your topic. You'll probably be searcing for Math Education instead of Developing proportional reasoning skills in elementary school students, as an example.


The 2 major ways to find Peer Reviewed Jounrals

1. Cabell's Directory

While this resources is primarily aimed at helping you find places to publish articles, you can also use it to narrow in on journals in a given subject area.

First select one of the broad topic areas for the journal; Curriculum/Methods, Psychology/Administration or Technology/Library.

From there, you can select a narrower subject area like Science, Math and Environment and also Peer Review under type of reviewers.

This will generate a list of journals in that subject area. You can look at profiles on the journals that includes descriptions of their coverage to help you make a decision

2. Search in Education databases.

You're going to have to research your topic in these databases anyway, right? So why not also use that time to gather Journal titles that will be suitable for your capstone project. You'll be searching for articles that are peer reviewed (tips for such searches are located in other tabs on this guide). You'll notice that certain journal titles will come up again and again on your topic as you research. These journals are good candidates for your 10 journals.

And since you've already limited in your search to "peer reviewed" articles, that means you're only seeing articles from journals that are peer reviewed. Everything you're seeing will be a possibility for your project.

You can also search for journals using UlrichsWeb or the Advanced Catalog. But these tend to be clunky inconvenient ways to do it (That's not to say these aren't useful resources, they're just not the most helpful for this particular purpose). If you're still looking for titles to use for your project and want to try these methods, contact me using the contact information to the left and we'll see what we can find.