Scholarly journal articles are written by experts (researchers or academics) in the field or discipline. They are written for an academic audience and follow a specific article format. They are usually peer-reviewed, or critically reviewed by other scholars in the field before being published.
How do you know if a journal's articles are peer-reviewed?
You can usually find this information on a journal's website under a section title something like Information for Authors.
You can also look up the journal title in the library database Ulrich's Periodicals Directory. After searching for the journal title and locating the record, looked for the icon of a striped referee shirt that indicates it contains peer-reviewed articles.
Learning to read a scholarly articles begins with understanding the components of the article. Check out this diagram of the Anatomy of a Scholarly Article, hovering over various article segments. (Used with permission by North Carolina State University under Creative Commons license.)
The following tips will help you determine if an article is right for you!