Information is increasingly available at our fingertips. The World Wide Web and social media offer us information and data from all over the world almost instantaneously. But where does this information come from? The volume of information we have available makes it especially important to develop the skills to evaluate that information. When you use library resources for your research, you will know that each item has been evaluated by scholars and publishers, and selected by librarians. A lot of great information can be found online, but use these tools to help you better evaluate its value and select the best information for personal and academic use.
Peer review is the process by which academic writing (such as an article or a research proposal) is assessed by a group of professionals in the same field before it can be published or accepted.
The word periodicals includes newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, and trade publications. They are similar to books in that each goes through some level of screening process by their editors or publishers.
Periodicals vary highly in quality and level of editorial review.