Scholarly journals are published by scholars--people who have the highest college degree in their field--for other scholars to read. Before the article is published, it undergoes a process of peer review, during which *other* scholar specialists (the author's peers) review the article and make suggestions for improvement. It's a strenuous process, so when something is published in a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal, it is considered by college professors to be extremely reliable. Watch the video below on Understanding Peer Review.
Here are some clues/characteristics of peer-reviewed articles (but not all!)...
They have an abstract, a summary of the article at the beginning or in the details
They are very long in page number, often 5-40 pages
They have a long list of citations or references at the end of the paper.
They may include charts or graphs--no colorful advertisements or photographs.
They may have a DOI number (digital object identifier) assigned to them
They have section headings like...
Introduction [Strategic reading tip:Read this sectionto start!]
Conclusion [Strategic reading tip:Read this sectionto start!]
Includes the databases: Arts & Sciences II, Arts & Sciences III, and Language & Literature, with content primarily from academic journals. Topics covered include archaeology, art, architecture, classics, economics, film studies, folklore, history, literary criticism, music and religion.