Don’t be afraid to jump around: Scholarly articles don't have to be read like a book, paragraph by paragraph, line by line. It's ok to skim and scan!
Read the abstract first: Previews the entire article, makes it easier to judge whether it is relevant.
Next, read the introduction and conclusion: Learn more about the topic of study and what the authors found out in the process.
Take a look at the tables, charts and graphs: Get a better idea of the results of the research or analytical study.
Mark it up: Engage with your source! Take notes, highlight important sections. Look for what is missing as well as what is there.
Find the source: Consult the introduction and references for other potential sources to follow up on.