From a database
In most databases, if the full text of the article is not available, you will see a Check for Full Text button.
This will search for the article and:
a) take you to the article - look for PDF full text,
b) take you to the catalog - click on the link next to Content Available
c) link you to Interlibrary Loan so you can request a copy of the article. Click on Articles (1-2 days).
Step 1: Check the peer review status of the JOURNAL.
Search for your title in Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory.
When you find your journal, look for a "referee shirt" symbol. The symbol will appear next to any journal title that is peer reviewed and/or refereed (interchangeable terms).
Step 2: If the JOURNAL is peer reviewed, then assess the ARTICLE.
Is it a full research article? If your article is a short news brief, an editorial, a letter to the editor, or a re-print of a conference proceeding, it is not peer reviewed.