Scholarly journals include articles that are reports and discussions of the results of original research, are written by those who carried out the studies using quantitative or qualitative research methods, and are based on the results of their experiments or observations.
These articles are also called empirical or primary research articles.
They are written by for others in the same and related academic or professional fields, and use terminology specific to the field.
They aim to contribute to the scholarly conversation by advancing knowledge.
They are usually peer-reviewed (aka "refereed") or undergo an editorial review by specialists in the discipline or profession.
They carefully document (cite) their sources, and this list of cited references may point to other sources of information relevant to your topic.
Scholarly journal articles also may include links to files with useful supplementary information.
Are these articles empirical? Scholarly/Peer-reviewed?
Kennedy, A. C., Agbényiga, D. L., Kasiborski, N., & Gladden, J. (2010). Risk chains over the life course among homeless urban adolescent mothers: Altering their trajectories through formal support. Children & Youth Services Review, 32(12), 1740-1749. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2010.07.018
Rosin, H. (2015). The Silicon Valley Suicides. (Cover story). Atlantic, 316(5), 62-73.
Ford-Paz, R., Reinhard, C., Kuebbeler, A., Contreras, R., Sánchez, B., Ford-Paz, R. E., & Sánchez, B. (2015). Culturally Tailored Depression/Suicide Prevention in Latino Youth: Community Perspectives. Journal Of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 42(4), 519-533. doi:10.1007/s11414-013-9368-5
Broomhead, C. (2005). Prescribing dilemmas: A teenager with depression. Update, 70(2), 74-77.
Saewyc, E. M. (2011). Research on Adolescent Sexual Orientation: Development, Health Disparities, Stigma, and Resilience. Journal Of Research On Adolescence (Wiley-Blackwell), 21(1), 256-272. doi:10.1111/j.1532-7795.2010.00727.x
Scholarly vs. Popular Periodicals (3:12 youtube video)
Contrasts articles from scholarly, popular, and trade publications.
Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory
Search for your journal title to see if it is scholarly/academic and refereed (peer-reviewed).
CRAAP Test is it good information? a list of questions from CSU Chico