Scholarly, Academic, or Peer-Reviewed journals are important sources of quality information within a given field. Each field of study or profession has its own set of academic journals. It is in these journals that scholars and experts share research findings with each other. The articles are written by scholars, experts, researchers, or academics, and the author(s) is(are) always stated. The authors are not employed by the journal, they usually work at a college or university, research lab, or in the field.
Peer-reviewed articles are judged by a panel of experts before they are published. These are quality sources that usually contain bibliographic references and original research.
Your professor is requiring you to use these sources for your research. How do you find them? Many of our databases will allow you to limit your search to only scholarly, academic, or peer-reviewed articles. Look for these words in the advanced search options in many of our databases.
Once you have conducted a search in one of the databases, look for options such as, "Academic Journals", "Peer Reviewed" or "Refereed" to limit your search to scholarly journal articles.