Scholarly (a.k.a. peer-reviewed) articles can be difficult to read, but in many cases you won't need to read the entire article from start to finish. In fact, that's rarely the best way to read such articles! These links include tips and hints for getting the most understanding out of articles that can look intimidating at first.
adapted from Broussard, Mary Snyder. Reading, Research, and Writing: Teaching Information Literacy with Process-Based Research Assignments. Association of College and Research Libraries, 2017, p. 82.