A JOURNAL is a collection of different documents (e.g., articles, letters to the editors, reviews, etc.) on a particular subject area
An ARTICLE is one type of the documents found in journals.
Many databases allow you to limit to Peer Review while you are conducting your search. Just remember that Peer Review is based on the JOURNAL TITLE not on the ARTICLE but some content in a Peer Reviewed Journal will not be peer review, such as letters to the editor and editorials.
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 need to look up the title of the journal in Ulrich's Periodical Directory.
Ulrich's Periodical Directory is a tool that allows you to check if the journal in which an article is published is peer reviewed.
1. Find the Journal Title for your article.
In the citation below - Prevention Science is the Journal Title.
2. Open the directory : Ulrich's.
3. Type the JOURNAL TITLE (not the article title) into the search box, and click the green search button.
4. In the search results, look for a referee jersey icon to indicate that a journal is refereed. Referred is a synonym for peer reviewed.
5. Or you can click on a journal to see the full record. If it says Refereed Yes, then you know the journal (and the articles published in it) are refereed / peer reviewed.
Recognising the difference between scholarly and popular publications is an important skill.
This short video from Vanderbilt University illustrates how to recognize scholarly articles.
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