Answered By: Research Librarians
Last Updated: Sep 02, 2017     Views: 119

Many databases will indicate whether articles are from academic journals, periodicals (magazines), or newspapers.  Look for an icon beside the title of the article in the results list:

However, beware that even academic journals publish articles that are not peer-reviewed.  See also "What does 'peer review' mean?" for more information on how to tell if specific articles are peer-reviewed.

You can also check Ulrich's Global Serials Directory to determine if a journal is considered scholarly or not.

Simply enter the title of the journal:

And look for information on whether the journal is "refereed":


And, as always, feel free to check with a librarian if you are in doubt about a particular article or journal!