One of the main characteristics of scholarly journals is the process of peer review.
So what is "peer review" anyway? Check out this video
Many of our library's journals are peer reviewed. As you search the databases look for the filter or limiter labeled "peer reviewed." Some of databases such as Cinahl, PubMed/MEDLINE, and PsycINFO are almost entirely made up of peer reviewed journals.
If you find a journal article through a Google search and you are on a publisher's website here are some tips for how to confirm that the journal is "peer reviewed":
Note: Even though a particular journal is peer reviewed, an individual article in that journal may not be. Some article types (news items, editorials, etc.) may not have gone through the peer review process.