Sometimes you'll hear terms like "scholarly", "academic", "peer-reviewed", "refereed", "empirical study", or "research" used interchangeably to describe a type of journal or article. They are related but not necessarily the same.
Here's a quick rundown:
Most databases offer an option to limit your search to scholarly or peer-reviewed articles. While this option can be helpful, be aware that the databases can sometimes be inconsistent in what they identify as scholarly or peer-reviewed. Ultimately, you will want to make the determination of whether or not an article is appropriate for your needs using some of the strategies listed below or in consultation with your professor.
Scholarly or peer-reviewed articles usually have the following features:
Is it peer-reviewed?