A 'periodical' or 'serial' = any publication published regularly (includes magazines, newspapers, newsletters).
A ‘scholarly’/academic’ journal: periodical containing research articles, that is peer-reviewed, and aimed at researchers.
Peer review: every paper/article submitted to the journal is reviewed by independent experts. Papers are accepted/rejected based on quality.
The key Accounting and Finance databases are:
Business Source Complete covers covers accounting, finance, taxation, auditing, corporate finance, investments, securities, risk management
Business Abstracts w Full Text covers accounting, finance and all business subjects
See the full list of databases available at UCC Library.