Scholarly journal articles are different from other types of articles and can be challenging to read. Before starting, be sure to have a good understanding of your research focus. Although your topic may change as you work through the research, having a solid idea of what you want to focus on will help you make sure the article you have chosen is relevant to your research.
To start, read these sections to help you decide if the article is relevant to your research question:
Abstract - briefly summarizes article
Discussion & Conclusion - sums up article so you can decide whether to read it or find one that's more relevant
Introduction - reveals purpose for study
If you decide the article is relevant to your research question, you'll want to read the remaining sections of the article. Reminder: take notes using whatever method works best for you while reading the article.
Anatomy of a Scholarly Article Video
The Anatomy of a Scholarly Article video (3:12 minutes) provides a roadmap for understanding the structure of a scholarly journal article.