When selecting information resources for your projects or papers, you want to make sure they're not, well, stinky. Using the CRAAP test will let you quickly evaluate any information source, whether it's a book, an article, a website, or anything else. Just apply these simple criteria:
Quick tip: 98% of the periodicals with the word "journal" in the title are scholarly. A notable exception: Ladies' Home Journal.
If you have doubts, you can always look up the journal in Ulrich's, one of our databases. If the 3rd column has a little referee jersey in it, then the journal is refereed, which means it's scholarly.
As a final check, you can go to the libraries's database Ulrich's and enter the title of a journal to see if it's scholarly, peer-review, or some other type of periodical.