Make sure the number of results you use matches the purpose of your literature search. A thesis or dissertation literature review is based on a comprehensive search of multiple databases. For a short paper, a smaller list of highly targeted references is more appropriate.
Use database citation search features to see if a paper is cited by other authors. Ideally, you can find articles which get cited in newer journal articles written by
You can also look at various metrics for assessing the impact of an article
Commonly used surrogates for journal quality include:
Only compare surrogate measures across journals covering the same discipline and sub-discipline. The 2019 JIF for Journal of the American Chemical Society (14.612) is much lower than the 2019 JIF for World Psychiatry (40.595), but JACS is clearly a much better chemistry journal! The median 2019 JIF for physical chemistry journals is slightly higher than the 2019 JIF for organic chemistry journals. but this does not mean physical chemistry journals are "better."