Some characteristics of scholarly articles - what to look for:
Authors: Peer reviewed journal articles are written by scholars in the field. They usually have a Ph.D. Look for author names, credentials (academic degrees) and university affiliation.
Vocabulary: Since peer reviewed journal articles are written by scholars, they typically use the vocabulary of that discipline, which can be very technical.
References: Peer reviewed journal articles often have a list of references (sources cited) either at the end of the article or in footnotes.
Publication Schedule: Peer reviewed journals usually publish just 3 to 4 issues per year.
To check whether or not a journal is peer reviewed, use the Ulrichsweb Serials Directory, a library resource that you can access online with your myNOVA username and password.