To find individual journal articles, you will primarily use electronic databases to do your searching. See the list in the middle column. With such databases, you can find article abstracts and even full-text articles by conducting an author, title, keyword(s), or subject searching.
When you are viewing your database search results, you can click on the Get It Button to check if the library has the actual journal, either electronic or print (physical item). If the library does not have a subscription to the journal, you can request a copy of the article through interlibrary loan service.
Sometimes you want to access library e-resources from off-campus without going through the library website. Maybe somebody sent you an email or a Twitter link to a great journal article, or you were searching through Google Scholar. Rather than hitting a paywall, you can use these bookmarklets to quickly authenticate yourself as a UofA user and access the full text. It's quick and easy to install in your Web browser.
Internet Explorer users: right-click this link UA Access and select "Add to Favorites". You may be prompted with a security warning, but it is safe to click "Yes".
Firefox/Safari/Chrome/Opera users: click and drag this link to your Bookmarks toolbar: UA Access
iPhone/iPad: add to Safari on your computer, then sync your bookmarks through iTunes.