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However, beware that even academic journals publish articles that are not peer-reviewed.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!