Be sure to check author & journal credentials. Are the authors reputable? Is the journal peer-reviewed? Use Google to find out.
Read me first. I contain the main points
(NOTE RE: Arts & Humanities & Social Sciences - Some articles aren't as nicely divided as science articles. The information is still there - but many not be broken into sections like this. In that case, read the beginning and end of the article to get the main points.
If you find anything interesting in the abstract or conclusion, then skim the article for that information.
If you need more information, read me. I contain an overview of the paper and will discuss other research on the topic in the literature review.
If you need more information, read me. I explain the research process so that you can replicate it.
If you need more information, read me. I have data and numbers on the outcome often with charts, graphs, or formulas.
If you need more information, read me. I explain if the thesis was proved or disproved and any unexpected findings.
Read me second. I restate the findings and results, what was discovered, and what still needs to be researched.
If this article has a lot of relevant information, check the references to find other articles that may also be relevant.