This brief (but excellent) video from North Carolina State University explains what peer review is and why it is important.
Locating the relevant subject research guide(s) for your major field of study will:
1) Show you the best library resources (including article search engines or databases) for your profession.
2) Identify your discipline's subject librarian and provide their contact information. Your subject librarian can help you whenever you need advice about how to access appropriate information intended for professionals in your field.
If your program of study is within the College of Education, Health, and Human Services, you can choose from among these databases to find professional journal articles that address topics in your field.
Many (but not all) scholarly journals have a peer review process. Often, library databases will have a "scholarly/peer-reviewed" check box that will allow you to limit your results to peer-reviewed journals. If they do not, the journal (publisher) web site usually describes the journal as either peer-reviewed or refereed in its "About" or "Instructions to Authors" section. If you still aren't sure if the journal is considered to be peer-reviewed, ask a librarian.
Note: Even if a journal site indicates it is peer-reviewed or you know the journal or publisher is well established, you should still evaluate the content of the individual article for credibility. Some journals have questionable publishing practices, but sometimes, even well-established journals publish unreliable articles.
You don't have to be an expert in the field to perform some basic evaluation, but you may have to do a quick internet search to learn more about the authors and their affiliations. Some questions that help with basic evaluation are:
For more tips on how to evaluate potential sources, take a look at some of the other links on this guide.
Before you rely on ANY type of information (websites, media, books, articles), you should evaluate whether the source is credible. The checklists are different approaches to the same process and this is not an exhaustive list. Other approaches and checklists are available. Use the approach(es) that work best for you, but be sure to evaluate!!