Skipping around is encouraged when reading a scholarly article:
Skimming these sections first will allow you to quickly determine if the article is relevant to your research and if you should do an in-depth reading.
Read the abstract first
The abstract previews the entire article, makes it easier to judge whether it is relevant.
For the sciences:
For the humanities:
Next, read the intro and the conclusion
Learn more about the topic of study and what the authors learned through their research.
Applies to both sciences and humanities:
Take a look at results, i.e. tables, charts, graphs or images
Get a better idea of the results of the research or analytical study.
For the Sciences:
For the Humanities:
Do an in-depth reading
Now that you have pre-read some of the article and are sure it relates to your research topic, do an in-depth reading.
Applies to both sciences and humanities