A scholarly journal (also known as a periodical ) publishes authoritative research articles by experts in a particular discipline. Most journals today are electronic, but some print editions are still published. Journals are usually published monthly or quarterly and are organized by volume and issue. Some journals are peer reviewed which means each article is evaluated by a panel of experts before publication. An abstract is a short passage that describes the contents of a journal article.
A database is a digital library containing a variety of electronic journals or books in a particular discipline. Most library databases are owned and operated by publishers. As with journals, your access is through the library's subscription, so you will be prompted to log in to your library account when viewing a database from your personal device.
All journal articles are reviewed by an editor before they're published. A peer reviewed journal brings in a panel of experts to review articles and provide constructive feedback to authors before publishing. The peer review process adds an additional layer of scrutiny to help ensure quality and accuracy.
Distinguishing Scholarly from Non-Scholarly Periodicals: A Checklist of Criteria from Cornell University Library
The library's subscription doesn't always include every resource in a particular database. If you search a database and find only an abstract but want the entire article, you can request it through Interlibrary loan.