Here are two of many great resources to help get you started.
Gale provides training videos such as this one discussing the Topics (Issues) pages: https://support.gale.com/doc/ovic-video1
This database features a box you can check to limit your search to scholarly/peer-reviewed articles.
By utilizing the "Choose databases" feature located after "Searching: Academic Search Complete", you can search both this database and other EBSCOhost databases, such as Communication & Mass Media Complete at the same time.
These databases contain scholarly journals in a wide variety of subjects.
Pepperdine Libraries now provide full complimentary access to NYTimes.com, New York Times mobile apps, and New York Times in Education to Pepperdine students, faculty, and staff.
Access to NYTimes.com provides: