Finding journal or newspaper articles involves a few more steps than finding books, but is a requirement for university research, and is always worth the effort.
The first thing to know is that you cannot find individual articles listed in the library catalogue. You must use a different tool (often called a journal article database) to do this. Using an article database allows you to search hundreds of different journals at once! The library subscribes to many different article databases, some of which are devoted to a single subject (such as Sociological Abstracts) and others which cover a range of subjects (such as Academic Search Complete ).
All databases will provide citation information (ex: name of the article, article author(s), journal name, page numbers, etc.). Some databases will provide abstracts (article summaries) which are very useful in determining the value of the article. Many databases will include the full-text of the article. You can read the articles online, print them, save them, or e-mail them to yourself.
Where to start?
To find which databases are most appropriate to your topic, go to the Library's Subject page. From this list, select the subject that fits most closely to your topic; you will then see a listing of appropriate databases under the Journal Articles tab. The Best Bets are the recommended databases for your subject area. There are additional databases listed under the heading Other Suggestions.