Articles published in peer reviewed or refereed journals have been through a formal approval process. This process is intended to ensure that the article is:
To find peer reviewed articles:
However, as these options are just an indication of peer review status the definitive way to find out if your article has been peer reviewed is to use Ulrichsweb Global Periodicals Directory.
To check if an article comes from a peer reviewed journal:
Why is peer-review important?
Articles published in peer-reviewed or refereed journals have been through a formal approval process. An editor and one or more subject specialists review the article before it is accepted for publication. This process is intended to ensure that the article is accurate, well-researched, and contributes to the body of knowledge in the field.
To confirm that an article is published in a sociology or related journal (sometimes it isn't obvious from the journal title), you will need to take a look at the journal's full record in Ulrichs Web Global Serials Directory.
Why does the journal type matter?
The subject area of a journal is important because it will impact the way someone writes about an issue.
For example, an article from an education journal may discuss teaching practice in a co-educational school from a behavioural perspective but this may not describe the same concept from a sociological perspective which might discuss gender-norms.