Once you have a citation or bibliographic information for an article:
Type in the title of the journal or magazine that your article appeared in. If it shows up on the result list, follow the link to the article database that contains it or find the copy in the library.
To see what psychology-related journals Marshall has, use the Journals Search.
For a comprehensive list of psychology and social science journals go to PSYCLINE, "Your Guide to Psychology and Social Science Journals on the Web." Maintained by a German psychologist, this links to journal home pages and journal information on the web. You may use it to find out about existing journals in the field, contact publishers, browse tables of contents and abstracts, and locate online articles.
These resources include abstracts and, often, the full text of the article. When you do your searches, try various techniques to improve the accuracy of your results; whatever database you are in, look for a "Help" or "Search Tips" link to get more advice. Many databases include an "Advanced Searching" option: use it to quickly and easily improve the accuracy of your searches and get fewer but higher quality search results.
Use critical thinking skills when deciding whether an article is appropriate to use. Consider:
Periodicals, journals, and magazines fall into categories determined by their overall purpose: