When you find a great article that addresses your research question, it can help you find other excellent sources. The article doesn't need to be scholarly.
Think in terms of finding experts. Look for
Use scholarly articles to identify keywords. Think about scholarly versus everyday language for different concepts.
Many social sciences articles follow a writing convention where the beginning of the article proper has a literature review related to the research question. This can be a big time saver.
As described below, focus on the abstract, introduction, and conclusion before you read an entire article. Think critically if the article is on target.
Adapted from UCLA Professor Snowden Becker's "How to Read an Article".