Resource Evaluation is crucial to the research process. Finding resources that are trustworthy, reputable, and reliable is a staple of doing research well
Primary vs. Secondary Sources
Resource from Ithaca College to walk you through the differences with examples
Anatomy of a Scholarly Article
Layout and design of a scholarly article, from North Carolina State University
Deconstructing a Research Article
A guide on how to understand scholarly articles and research
Looking at different types of periodicals more critically
Academic journals publish articles that are submitted and reviewed by scholarly peers. Meaning articles are submitted to an editor, the editor sends the article to reviewers who read and evaluate it. Those reviewers are experts on the subject of the article. If verified it is submitted for publication. TL;DR - They do all the vetting, so you don't have to!
Scholarly sources can also be called "academic" "peer-reviewed" or "refereed" sources. Written by experts in the field and serve to help others who are interested in that field stay current in research, findings or news. These are great for research projects.
Scholarly/Peer-Reviewed/Refereed journals and articles provide authority and credibility to your paper or argument. The studies, methods, and conclusions used in these publications lend verifiable fact and credence to your work.
Pay attention to these aspects of a resource to help evaluate it. Eventually your evaluations will take just a few seconds meaning you can spend more time reading the resource and writing your research paper!