Use a peer-reviewed journal to:
Here, you're not only looking for scholarly journals, but for journals in which a panel of of experts/peers in the field reviews articles to decide whether they should be accepted for publication. Articles selected by this process are considered "peer-reviewed," or "refereed."
Note: Remember that editorial opinion pieces, book reviews, news articles are not peer-reviewed pieces even if they are a part of a peer-reviewed journal. Be sure to carefully evaluate each article.
Difference between scholarly journals and popular magazines
|Popular & General Interest
|Serious appearance; may contain graphs, charts, statistics, few pictures, known as "Peer-Reviewed" or "Refereed" or "Academic"
|Attractive in appearance, heavily illustrated with photos and ads
|Writers of Articles
|Articles written by scholars and researchers in the field. Before publication, articles are reviewed and approved by subject specialists
|Usually free-lance or staff writers
|College students, faculty, scholars, or researchers
|To report on original research or experimentation
|To provide information, news or to entertain the reader; also may be aimed to sell products or promote a particular point of view
|Always cites sources and may include endnotes or a Works Cited page
|Sometimes cite their sources
|Often a university, a research institution, or a professional organization
|Commercial enterprises or individuals
|Journal of Marriage and Family, American Historical Review, Social Problems, New England Journal of Medicine
|Ebony, Men's Journal, Good Housekeeping, People, Sports Illustrated,