Unlike "popular" journal literature, which is written for the general public or for the particular group that the writer represents, scholarly literature is written by people with expertise in a particular subject. These experts usually have academic credentials (advanced degrees in a particular area) and the articles are often published in "peer-reviewed" (reviewed by experts in the field) journals.
There's a lot of great stuff on the Web; and a lot of inappropriate-for-research stuff as well. So you would have to take the time to figure out in what category the information you found might be. The Library at the University of California at Berkeley has a nice guide laying out what you would need to consider:
You can also take a look at this brief tutorial from the University of Maryland on Evaluating Web Sites
And for an acronym that you might remember, see: The CRAAP Test
Looking for articles that specifically focus on literature?
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