As you read an article, ask yourself the following questions.
Background: What background information does the source provide? What are the sources for this information/data? What have other studies/researchers found? Is the source informing me?
Exhibit: What data, statistics, results from this source can be used as evidence for my argument?
Argument: How does the source use data/quotes to connect with what other sources say? How does the source connect ideas/data to their own position or argument? Is the source providing a supporting argument or a counter argument?
Method: Does the author use a particular method or theory?
More information on Jospeh Bizup's BEAM Method There is also a Tutorial Version: to learn about this method