Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to read thoroughly and take notes. Be patient with yourself - it takes practice! Here are some good steps to follow when reading a research article or book chapter:
This will allow you to get a framework of the article before you dive into it. Understanding the purpose of the article will help guide you as you read it.
Read the article all the way through without taking notes to get the gist of the article and get familiar with the topic.
Read the article again - this time in a more focused way - and take notes. Highlight key points and jot down any questions.
What are the key findings? How did they prove this? Does the proof add up to the conclusions? Were there limitations? Are there lingering questions? What are the implications for further research?
Who does the author cite? Are they relevant to your topic? You can look up an article's citations and utilize that research as well.
Great resources for seeking out scholarly articles on your research topic.