Q. I need a scholarly journal or peer-reviewed article, what is that?
When you search for articles in a scholarly database, you often will have the option to select "scholarly journal" or "peer reviewed" at the time you put in your search terms. Be sure to look for that option!
Scholarly journals are used in university or research settings by faculty members, researchers, and students. They are written for an academic and research audience of readers.
The articles within a peer-reviewed journal go through an in-depth review process by experts in the field before publication. The strict review and publication guidelines bring a high level of credibility to the author's research. This short video describes the peer review process> Professors often prefer these types of journal articles for these reasons.
If you ever find a journal and you're not sure if it's peer-reviewed, CSUDH also offers Ulrichs Periodical Directory to double check. Search for a journal title, and if it is peer reviewed it will be marked "Refeered" with this symbol: