What are peer-reviewed (sometimes called refereed) journal articles?
Articles that are reviewed or critiqued by the author’s peers (other experts in the field). Peer-review is a quality control process. It’s done to improve the article & make sure it is of sufficient quality to be published in a scholarly journal.
What are the characteristics of a scholarly journal article?
How do I know the articles from a database are peer-reviewed?
Many of our databases have a way to check a box to limit to scholarly, peer-reviewed journals when searching. It's not always a fool-proof method, so you'll have to evaluate the specific article using the criteria discussed on this page.
The library database search results often help you to identify the type of article you have found. In the EBSCOhost databases (Academic Search Ultimate, etc.), it will label peer-reviewed journals as Academic Journals (as opposed to News or Periodicals).