Library databases give citations, abstracts, and sometimes full text, to a wide variety of sources: popular magazines, trade journals, academic journals, newspapers, etc.
Often people look for a specific type of article: a scholarly article. Academic journals publish these kinds of articles. They can cover a wide variety of topics. They may be original papers that describe empirical studies and their results, or a literature review on a topic, or they may explore a subject in detail.
To determine which of the articles you find are scholarly articles, use these guidelines:
General multi-subject databases that contain popular magazines, trade journals, academic journals, and newspapers, allow you to limit your search to scholarly or peer-reviewed articles before you search.
Alternatively, in all of these databases, you may want to wait to limit your search to scholarly journals after you see your search results. This will give you the option of also seeing non-scholarly articles from popular magazines and newspapers. Sometimes you may want to see newspaper and popular magazine articles to get the most current information on a topic. Some multi-subject databases are:
The library has over 200 other databases on a wide variety of subjects, many of which have scholarly articles. These databases can be browsed by subject on the alphabetical the list of databases, like Sociology or Economics. Look within each of those broad subjects for specific databases.