Instructors often ask students to find “scholarly”, “academic”, or “peer reviewed” sources of information for their research. These terms all refer to the same type of information – sources based on in-depth research, and are considered higher in quality and more reliable for your research.
Generally "scholarly" sources:
Searching for scholarly articles
Many databases allow you to limit to scholarly/academic articles while you search. For example, Academic Search Elite allows you to limit your search to scholarly and academic sources BEFORE and AFTER your initial search.
Before a search
After a search
Make sure you check the database you're using for more information on limiting to scholarly materials.
If you are unsure whether a journal is scholarly, you can check the Ulrich's Periodical Directory. This directory will give you information on a particular journal or magazine including publication information and a listing of databases in which articles from the journal appear.