Academic sources (such as peer-reviewed articles, books, and book chapters) can serve multiple purposes. They can help you:
How do you know if a source is peer-reviewed? In most library databases, articles that have been peer-reviewed will be labeled as "peer-reviewed," "scholarly," or "academic." You can also try looking up a journal's website to find details about its peer-review process. Here are some other things you can look for to help you determine if an article is peer-reviewed:
It can sometimes be more challenging to determine if a book (or book chapter) is peer-reviewed. In most cases, you'll want to look for books written by professors or professional researchers and published by university presses or academic publishers (ask a librarian if you're not sure!). The content of the book also provides clues: is the treatment of the subject matter sophisticated? does the book seem to have been written primarily for experts? is there a lengthy bibliography?
For more information about peer-review, see this video from North Carolina State University.
Most anthropological articles and book chapters emphasize theoretical discussion and/or empirical research. See the pdf link below for more information about the differences between theoretical and empirical approaches.
The following databases include academic articles and other sources in anthropology, ethnography, and related disciplines.
The following databases, which focus primarily on fields outside of anthropology, may be relevant to your research on war and society. For example, PsycINFO will include articles on the psychological effects of violence and trauma, while Communication Abstracts will include articles on media representations of war.