Many scholarly journals are considered Peer Reviewed. Prior to publishing an articled in a peer-reviewed journal, the article is sent to a group of editors or scholars in the field and is reviewed. The reviewers evaluate the methodology, research design etc of the article prior to approving it for publication.
Many databases including Social Services Abstracts or Sociological Abstracts provide the ability to ask that the results of a search come from peer reviewed or refereed journals. Usually there is a check box on the search screen page which will guarantee that results come from peer-reviewed articles.
SOCIAL WORK ABSTRACTS PLUS database is the exception. There is no way to include "peer reviewed" in your search strategy.
Inorder to determine if an article that you retrieve from Social Work Abstracts Plus comes from a peer reviewed journal, you can use the database Ulrich's Periodicalsl Directory. It is listed under Databases on the Library Website. In order to find the database from the Libraries Website, go to Databases by Title and click the letter "U". There is also a link at the bottom of this section.
Use the Quick Search in Ulrich's and put in either title keywords for the journal or the exact title. An exact title, for example. would be Child Abuse and Neglect.
Click search. The results will display journals that match or are close to that title. Select the correct title. Information about the journal will display and one of the items will be Refereed, yes or no.