How to Read a Scientific Research Paper--: "Reading research papers ('primary articles') is partly a matter of
experience and skill, and partly learning the specific vocabulary of a
field. First of all, DON'T PANIC! If you approach it step by step, even
an impossible-looking paper can be understood."
This much like the technique I have used for any kind of new material I have to read.
This is sensemaking really.
1. Skim the information to get a handle for keywords, jargon (look these up), referenced books and authors. This will take a few books and several articles.
2. Build a mental framework, try relating it to things you already know.
3. Find the experts in the field and get to know what they have written.
4. Keep a journal and record it all.