Journal articles provide the most up to date research as they are published frequently.
Students may need to use these in different ways:
Peer review is a formal process whereby any article submitted to a journal or conference is sent to several established scholars in that field of study, who may suggest improvements.
To see if a journal is peer-reviewed you could check the Ulrich's website via the library databases page. Search by journal title.
When looking for a specific article from a list of references, search for the author surname and then the article title in double quotation marks. If the article appears in the results list, get the full text by clicking "View It".
If you wish to find articles on a particular topic or subject, try using Advanced Search. Once you have Search results, use the left hand facets to refine your search to Peer-reviewed Journals. You can limit further by topic or date range.