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Still not sure if your source is peer-reviewed or not? Try Ulrich's Periodical Directory -- it lists each periodical as Consumer, Trade, or Academic/Scholarly.
No matter what citation style you use, sometimes professors will ask you to use "scholarly articles" rather than popular magazines. What's the difference? See the table below:
Sober and seriousMay contain graphs or chartsWill not find glossy pages or photographs
Attractive appearanceAdvertisementsHeavily illustratedGlossy paper
Scholars and students
Scholars in the field of study
Reporters, usually not experts on the subject
Sources cited in footnotes and/or bibliography
Sources not cited or cited informally
Report results of original research or experimentation
Provide general information
Many (but not all*) scholarly journals are "refereed" or "peer review" journals - articles undergo a rigorous examination by other scholars in the field before being published.
Written by hired reporters, edited by magazine editors, and published.
Medicine & Science in Sports & ExerciseJournal of Sports MedicineInternal Journal of Sport Psychology
Sports IllustratedCoach and Athletic DirectorBicycling
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