"Review articles" are a special type of article designed to provide a survey of knowledge in a particular area of research. Many databases in the sciences, especially, make it easy to identify these articles. In Web of Science, once you have your search results displayed, use the "Review" filter on the left to limit to these types of articles. In the Scopus database, look for the "Review" filter on the left, under "Document Type". Likewise, in PubMed, look for the "Review" filter in the upper left once you have your search results displayed.
In certain databases limit your results to peer-reviewed or "scholarly articles." Or look the journal up in Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory. Ulrich's identifies peer-reviewed (refereed) journals with this icon:
Find out how databases can make your academic research more productive and efficient. Learn about choosing a database, limiting your results in useful ways, and locating articles.