Recognising the difference between scholarly and popular publications is an important skill.
This short video from Vanderbilt University illustrates how to recognize scholarly articles.
Articles in peer-reviewed journals are reviewed by a group of the writer's peers (aka other academics in his/her field) before the articles are published.
How do you know if the articles in a journal are peer-reviewed?
Some databases allow you to limit to peer-reviewed articles. For other databases, you can look up the journal title in Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory.
Type the JOURNAL TITLE (not the article title) into the search box, change the drop box to Title (Keyword), and click search.
If you see a referee shirt icon next to your search result, it means that the journal is refeered (refereed is a synonym for peer-reviewed).
You can click on the title to find out additional information about the journal.
You can also access Ulrich's directly from your article as demonstrated in the following video
On Ulrichsweb home page enter the journal title in the search box.
On the results screen you can see which journals are peer reviewed - there will be a small icon in the peer review column (a referee's jersey).
You can also click on the journal's title and see if the journal is peer reviewed in the expanded information.
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