Most (not all) scholarly journals are peer-reviewed, or refereed. In order for a scholarly article to be published in a refereed journal, it must first be reviewed by several other experts in the field, who follow up by submitting recommendations and corrections to the journal editor.
Most databases allow you to limit to peer-reviewed articles directly from the search page.
Some sources, e.g., Summon/Onesearch do not specifically indicate whether a source is peer-reviewed. To check the status of a publication, you can access it in Ulrich's Periodicals Directory, or Ulrichsweb. This icon (a referee's jersey) indicates that a title is refereed, or peer-reviewed.
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